Why is Simon Cowell not on Britain’s Got Talent tonight? BGT judge replaced by Ashley Banjo for semi-finals


SIMON COWELL has been a fan favourite on Britain’s Got Talent since its first series back in 2007.

The media mogul and famed talent spotter has rarely missed a single moment as a judge in 14 years on BGT – so why is he not there tonight?

Simon Cowell will miss the Britain’s Got Talent semi-finals and final

Why is Simon Cowell not on Britain’s Got Talent tonight?

Simon Cowell will miss shows for just the second time in Britain’s Got Talent’s 14-series history.

The Syco founder did not judge the auditions in series five back in 2011.

But now he will miss all five BGT semi-finals and the Grand Final in October after suffering a broken back.

Cowell fell off an electric bike while in Malibu, almost becoming paralysed and needed surgery to correct his back.

The 60-year-old has been told to rest up, meaning he is unable to take part in the BGT live rounds.

Diversity’s Ashley Banjo is stepping in for Simon Cowell on Britain’s Got Talent

Who is Simon Cowell’s replacement?

After a thorough search, ITV have replaced Cowell with Ashley Banjo who won the competition back in 2009 with dance group Diversity.

The 31-year-old will take over the media mogul’s seat for all five semi-finals and the final – while he will also be performing with Diversity during the first show.

Simon said of Banjo: “Ashley will be a fantastic addition to the panel. He knows the power of the show and the responsibility of it.

“I couldn’t think of a better person to sit in my seat whilst I follow doctor’s orders. I hate that stupid bike.”

There is also a promotion for Amanda Holden, who will become Head Judge in Simon’s absence.

The 49-year-old actress has also been a judge on the show since the first series.

When is Britain’s Got Talent on?

Britain’s Got Talent will be back on the screens on Saturday, September 5 from 8pm on ITV.

It will be the first of five semi-finals, which will take place on the following Saturdays.

These will all be pre-recorded and with no audience, before the Grand Final in October which will be live.