Britain’s Got Talent confirms new judge replacing David Walliams

Britain has talent has unveiled their new jury line-up.

Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon will all return to the panel, but David Walliams will not return. Instead, he has been replaced by former Strictly come dance judge Bruno Tonioli.

The news was revealed by presenters Ant and Dec during the taping of the first live auditions at London’s Palladium.

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A video from a spectator, posted on social mediasaw the hosts say: “Please welcome the four judges to a huge London Palladium this afternoon: they are Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and Bruno Tonioli!”

“Can we give Bruno a huge welcome,” Ant added, with Bruno stating, “Thank you so much. Love being here.”

He continued that he had wanted to work with Simon for a long time.

“He’s been teasing me about this for years,” said Bruno. “Years and years and years, and I tell you, honestly, I’m very happy to be here.”

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Bruno used to be one Strict judgment from the show’s inception to 2021, when there were too many travel conflicts with his role Dancing with the stars. He was replaced by professional dancer Anton Du Beke.

Walliams recently left the show after making explicit comments about contestants. In leaked transcripts obtained by The protectorthe former Little Britain comedian was reportedly recorded making derogatory and sexually explicit comments about contestants during the filming of the 2020 ITV show.

“I want to apologize to the people I made disrespectful comments about during film breaks Britain has talent in 2020,” he later said in an apology. “These were private conversations and – like most conversations with friends – were never meant to be shared. Still, I’m sorry.”

Britain has talent will air on ITV later this year.

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