Simon Cowell admitted he thought BGT’s 2020 live shows would be axed, as the country went into lockdown back in March.
The 60-year-old judge was forced to pull out of the show this year after breaking his back in a nightmare fall in the courtyard of his Malibu home.
Though he won’t be attending the filming of the Britain’s Got Talent live shows, Simon is relieved the show is going ahead, after it was plagued by uncertainty in the wake of the pandemic.
When asked whether he ever feared the show wouldn’t make it to air, he said: “Yeah, for a moment but then I thought, ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’.
“I just thought that if we can talk to each other all over the world on something like Zoom then there must be a way for us to do the live shows.
“I don’t want to give too much away but when you watch the semi-finals and final you’re going to see something you’ve never seen before, it’s very high tech. It’s been very stimulating putting the whole thing together.”
Simon has been keeping on top of the BGT production from afar, as he continues to recover from his back surgery in California.
The music mogul revealed ITV have implemented a range of new safety measures for the live shows to prevent the spread of Covid, including axing the live audience and changing rehearsal formats.
He explained: “We’re always going to miss not having a live audience, but the safety of everyone is more important. We’re going to have to rehearse acts in a completely different way.
“But everyone’s been up for it, the contestants, the crew and the whole team, it’s been amazing to see everyone come together and work so hard to get Britain’s Got Talent back on air. “
Even the judges will take a new approach to the production, as their infamous judging panel – loaded with golden buzzers – has undergone a revamp.
He said: “I think we’re going to have the longest judges’ desk in the world to make sure everyone has lots of space! That’s the plus side to come out of all this, that David has to stay far away from me for the foreseeable future!”
Former BGT champ Ashley Banjo is stepping in to replace Simon on the show, branding the experience of filling his shoes as “bittersweet”.
Usual judges Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams are also due to return, casting their vote for the most talented acts in Britain.
Don’t miss the BGT live show debut this weekend – Simon will no doubt tune in to watch the series for himself.
Britain's Got Talent will debut on Saturday at 8pm on ITV .