SIMON Cowell feared Britain’s Got Talent would be axed as he hinted at his return for the final after breaking his back.
Simon, 60, raised hopes he could return to the judging panel for the final after his freak accident last month as he spoke about the future of the ITV show during the coronavirus pandemic.
He reflected on the auditions earlier this year that were filmed just before lockdown, saying: “It was sad when we had to put the last audition show out not knowing if we would definitely get to do the remaining semi-final shows … but then I thought, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way!”
“I just thought that if we can talk to each other all over the world on something like Zoom then there must be a way for us to do the live shows.”
The finals are now set to be pre-recorded and bosses have ditched the live studio audience in a bid to protect staff and acts from the spread of Covid-19.
But Simon said they have ensured the atmosphere will be electric as they have surprises in place for viewers.
He told MailOnline: “I don’t want to give too much away but when you watch the semi-finals and final you’re going to see something you’ve never seen before, it’s very high tech. It’s been very stimulating putting the whole thing together.”
The coronavirus has delayed the final until October, with Simon, David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden whittling down the acts and 200 contestants in the auditions earlier this year.
The foursome meant business as they put on their power suits and reflected on the successful acts from the audition stage earlier in the year.
Meanwhile, thrill-seeker Simon has reluctantly agreed to give up dangerous hobbies including the electric bike which left him badly injured.
It follows pleas from his partner Lauren Silverman after breaking his back in a horrific accident last month.
has a love of fast cars, jet-skis and bikes like the powerful electric Swind EB01 he was testing when it upended.
But family and friends have urged the music mogul — who broke three vertebrae — to dump his “big boys’ toys”.
A very close family insider confirmed to HOAR: “Lauren doesn’t want him to ride one of those bikes again, so he’s agreed with his friends and family to get rid of them as soon as he’s out of hospital.
“The power of the bike was unbelievable when he changed the setting up to the second one. The bike just flew into the air.
“Thankfully he let go of the bike as he fell backwards and it didn’t land on him.”