Diversity to front BGT Xmas special after BLM act racks up 22k complaints
FOLLOWING the success of Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions last summer, Simon Cowell has come up with a twist for the 2020 Christmas special.
Some of the show’s most successful acts will return for the one-off programme.
But instead of competing alone, they will join forces with one another in a bid to impress the studio audience.
A TV insider said: “Simon and his team didn’t want to simply do another Champions version so they came up with this twist.
Some of the biggest acts in BGT history will be coming back to perform with another act, whether it’s a singer, magician or even an animal act.
“The idea is that they will collaborate and create a unique, one-off performance for fans.
“There was talk about creating super-groups — for example, putting together the best dance acts and the best magic acts to compete against one another — but that’s out of the window.
“It’s going to be spectacular for fans as they’ll get to see some of the show’s best-ever acts working together for the first time.
“Top of the wish list at ITV are Diversity, Susan Boyle and magical Marc Spelmann. At the moment they hope to have a studio audience who will vote on their favourite acts.
"But with Covid guidelines changing so often, this is something that’s not been completely decided yet.
“Either way, it’s going to be something really special.”
Last month we revealed that Simon was planning to return to the one-off special, having been forced to miss the finals after he broke his back in three places in a bike accident.
He is all set to join fellow judges Alesha Dixon, David Walliams and Amanda Holden on the panel in a few weeks.
But if he decides it is too soon, Ashley Banjo is ready to take his place.
This one is definitely going to be worth tuning in to on Christmas Day.
WHAT? Britain’s Biggest Dig, BBC2, 9pm.
WHY? In the first of a two-part series, a team of archaeologists dig near the HS2 line in Euston, London, and find a wealth of information about life in Georgian England.
Strictly Ranvir's breaup
GOOD Morning Britain host Ranvir Singh has confirmed she has split from her husband, as she prepares to feature in the new Strictly series.
She opened up while admitting feeling guilty about being away from son Tushaan when working.
Ranvir said: “It’s hard being a working single parent. I struggle with guilt, with my son and not being there when he goes to school. We’re very attached because it’s just me and him.
“I get tearful and worry he’s going to hate me because I was never there. I’m hoping in a few years, when he goes to secondary school, I’ll be able to make more selective decisions about work.”
Last year on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, in a debate about checking partners’ phones, she hinted at finding something on husband Ranjeet’s – as co-host Ben Shephard asked: “Is that why you are no longer together?”
Ranvir said: “I can’t answer that but if you ever need to do that, the relationship is over.” She added: “I found something that needed addressing.”
Now, in a chat with Woman & Home magazine, she said: “I’ve been sleep-deprived for eight years. Six months after getting my job on GMB, I found it overwhelming. At the same time, I was in a car crash with Tushaan.
“It wasn’t serious but it was a wake-up call and made me realise the sleep situation had got the better of me.”
VOGUE WILLIAMS has likened hubby Spencer Matthews to Gaston from Beauty And The Beast.
On their podcast Spencer And Vogue, she explains: “Gaston has this Desperate Dan chin and thinks he’s so amazing, and he’s a bit dumb.”
Tim becomes a fighter sp-ace
SPACEMAN Tim Peake knows all about spectacular take-offs – but even he can’t hide his delight as he takes to the skies in a Spitfire.
The British astronaut gets a ride in one of the World War Two fighters for a film to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. It will be shown on BBC1’s The One Show tomorrow night.
Tim also meets former fighter pilot Alan Frost, who recalls the fear of being in the thick of the 1940 battle for the skies against the Luftwaffe, which helped prevent the UK from being invaded by Hitler.
In the film, Alan gives Tim some tips on staying safe in the aircraft, including shutting
his cockpit door to make sure he doesn’t get sucked out during the flight.
After being in space, it must have seemed like a walk in the park.
CYNTHIA NIXON thinks Sex And The City was revolutionary at the time – but that the show doesn’t look it now.
She told Radio Times: “There are things about Sex And The City that look very dated now, certainly how white it was.”
Sir David pay rises to £2.2m
TV NATURALIST and national treasure Sir David Attenborough raked in more than £2.2million last year.
The broadcaster, below, even got a hefty pay bump at the grand old age of 94.
Documents filed by his company, David Attenborough (Productions) Ltd, reveal his earnings from fronting shows on BBC and Netflix.
The Blue Planet presenter earned £2.1million in 2018.
He recently released Our Planet with Netflix, along with BBC’s Dynasties and Seven Worlds, One Planet.
Sir David is probably one of the few stars on TV actually worth that amount of money.
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Carole's big chat
CAROLE BASKIN became an unexpected star of Netlfix’s Tiger King – and now she is doing her first UK interview.
The US zookeeper, who was the arch enemy of big-cat rival Joe Exotic, will appear on ITV’s Loose Women tomorrow lunchtime.
Carole is expected to chat about her portrayal in the popular documentary. She was in talks to do I’m A Celebrity over here.
But since choosing to take part in Dancing With The Stars in the States, this might be her only TV appearance on this side of the Pond.
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