Simon Cowell reveals he plans to make an Olympic-style global edition of Got Talent shows where competitors from every series can participate
Simon Cowell has plans for a global edition of the Got Talent competition show, which will see the best competitors of every series compete against one another.
The music mogul, 59, revealed on Wednesday that he hopes to create an Olympic-style spin-off that would air every four years.
Speaking to The Sun about his plans, he explained: ‘I started thinking about maybe making it like the Olympics of Got Talent, but that would only be every four years.
New ideas: Simon Cowell revealed on Wednesday that he plans to make an Olympic-style global edition of Got Talent where competitors from every series can participate
‘So all the Got Talent shows from around the world send that year’s winner to compete against all the other winners. I think it would be brilliant because you’d be rooting for your country.
‘That is way more interesting than just carrying on doing the same thing we do every year, because there’s got to be a progression. I think it would be amazing!’
Simon has already announced new versions of his various competition show, including Celebrity X Factor, X Factor: All Stars, and Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions.
Future plans: Simon intends the show to air ‘every four years’ as it’s ‘more interesting’ to make a show that’ll show ‘progression’
In the latter, show favourites including English tenor Paul Potts – whose life was transformed after winning the first series – and street dancer George Sampson return to the stage.
Elsewhere there’s a welcome appearance from father and son duo Stavros Flatley, with then series three finalists ripping off their shirts as they perform a manic dance routine.
Ashleigh Butler also returns for the first time since the death of her beloved dog Pudsey, with whom she won the show in 2012.
While Pudsey’s absence is keenly felt, the dog trainer is joined by new dog Sulley.
However she has competition from second dog trainer Alexa Lauenburger, who is seen commanding a troupe of canines to walk single file on their hind legs.
Lost Voice Guy Lee Ridley, the first stand-up comic in Britain to use a communication aid in his routines and a surprise winner in 2018, is also seen making his way onstage aboard a disability scooter.
Here they come: In Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions, old favourites like Paul Potts (L) and Ashleigh Butler with new dog Sulley (R) are set to appear
Make way: Current champion Colin Thackery will also be appearing on the show
Other former stars making an appearance include Scottish singer Jai McDowall, magician Ben Hart, musical theatre group Collabro and current champion Colin Thackery.
However there is no place for Susan Boyle, who originally signed up for the show before pulling out at the 11th hour due to a scheduling clash.
British dance group Diversity will also be notably absent when the show launches due to other commitments, among them their biggest world tour to date.
Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions will run for six weeks from August 31.
Back by popular demand: Lost Voice Guy Lee Ridley, the first stand-up comic in Britain to use a communication aid in his routines, will also take part