05 September 2020 20:55
The video will start in 8 Cancel Want the latest news sent straight to your inbox? Don't miss anything! Sign up for regular updates from WalesOnline Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Britain's Got Talent's first 2020 semi-final is on our screens on Saturday night with a few changes in store for the ITV talent show. It's the first time the semi-finals have not been broadcast live, with pre-recorded episodes instead being shown. Simon Cowell won't be around for this round of the show but he's reportedly hoping to make it back in time for the final.
Despite being pre-recorded, viewers will still be able to vote for their favourite acts as the show narrows down 40 semi-finalists before the October final, which is set to be screened live. What time does Britain's Got Talent start tonight? Britain's Got Talent begins at 8pm on ITV on Saturday, September 5. This is the first semi-final, and they will continue weekly after that, with final due to air in October. Where is Simon Cowell? Simon Cowell won't be appearing as a judge throughout the pre-recorded semi-final shows. He was rushed to hospital in California on August 8 for emergency surgery after breaking his back in three places, following an accident on his electric bike. At the time, a spokesperson for Simon said: "Simon had a fall from his bike on Saturday afternoon whilst testing his new electric bike in the courtyard at his house in Malibu with his family. "He hurt his back and was taken to the hospital. "He's doing fine, he's under observation and is in the best possible hands." He's now recovering in LA but hopes to make it back to the UK in time for the final of Britain's Got Talent. Who is new judge Ashley Banjo? (Image: Matt Crossick/PA Wire) While Simon is recovering from his accident, he'll be replaced by a new, temporary Britain's Got Talent judge. His replacement is dance star and previous winner of Britain's Got Talent, Ashley Banjo. Ashley won the third Britain's Got Talent final with his dance troupe Diversity in 2009. Since then he's gone on to be a judge on the Sky One talent show Got to Dance and he co-presented the Saturday night BBC game show Can't Touch This. The dance star even gets roped into a trick by Welsh father and son magic act, James and Dylan Piper in Saturday night's semi-final episode.