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Interview: Alesha Dixon on the return of Britain’s Got Talent

Interview: Alesha Dixon on the return of Britain's Got Talent

Britain’s Got Talent returns to ITV! Following the auditions in Spring, BGT is back for the semi-finals and grand finale. We’ll welcome back the acts who impressed the judges and made it through to the semi-finals, not forgetting our golden buzzer acts, singer Fayth Ifil; comedian and singer, Jon Courtenay; choir, Sign Along With Us; comedian, Nabil Abdulrashid; and mother and daughter singing duo, Honey and Sammy. Our semi-finalists are one step closer to achieving their dream of being crowned the winner of BGT and securing the prize of an incredible £250,000 and the opportunity to perform at the Royal Variety Performance.

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Are you excited about getting back to work on Britain’s Got Talent?

I’ve been looking forward to getting back to BGT. We’ve all been texting each other saying how much we’ve all missed each other and just genuinely can’t wait to work together again. In a way it almost makes it even more special to be doing the show. I remember when BGT went out, at that time we all thought, “Wow, this is what people need. They need a bit of silliness and a bit of fun.” At that time, it was all doom and gloom in the country. When the show came on, it was like, “Oh, this is a nice little treat on a Saturday night.” Now I kind of feel, again, going into the semi-final shows, people need that little pick me up, a bit of joy and some light, you know?

The show is filming in a studio rather than a theatre, how do you think that will impact the vibe of the show? Now with the social distancing, we have had to adapt. It’s going to be different from what everyone is used to but everyone’s working hard to make sure we still have that special vibe to the show.

As a performer yourself, what’s your advice to the acts going out on stage when there won’t be a live studio audience?

We’ll be there being as loud as we possibly can be, and supportive, and encouraging them. Even for me as performer, it’s a very hard one to predict or to call how it’s going to go. I don’t actually know how I would feel if I walked out to perform and there was no one there to perform to, but I guess I would just visualise the audience at home. I would remember that there’s still millions of people watching from home, and I would think about that whilst I’m doing the performance.

Do you think it’s going to make your role as judges harder?

Yes, because in a way the audience feeds off us, we feed off of them. I think years of experience of doing it, obviously our instincts will drive us in how we critique and how we view something. I think we will be very mindful and compassionate to the contestants that they are in a unique situation. That doesn’t mean that they get an easy time and that it means that they don’t have to work as hard. If anything, we’d be like, “No, come on. You’ve got to really show us what you’re made of now because you don’t have the audience who acts as like a fifth judge.” They don’t have that. They don’t have them on their side. So even more, they got to prove themselves

Which acts are you looking forward to seeing again?

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone. It’s so weird because the series would have normally wrapped by now and you shift gear to prepare yourself for the next series. So I am going to go back and watch the entire series again, just for a little refresher. I want to make sure that I’ve got them all fresh in my mind before I see them again.

Are you hoping the standard will be even higher from all the contestants as they’ve had more time to rehearse and plan their performances?

That’s a really good point, they’ve had a long time, I hope that they’ve not become too complacent! I hope that they’ve used this time to really think about what they want to do and to think about how to maximise the moment. So yeah, this could work in their favour. I think it’s real interesting because there’s a few acts that have got potential to blow up and have a huge moment on the show. There’s so much more meaning in everything now after all we’ve been through as a country. It’s given it a whole other layer, another level, if they pitch it right, they get the right song, they’re going to tap into the emotion of the nation. And I think we could see some really powerful moments on the show, fingers crossed!