BRITAIN’S Got Talent: The Champions is the first UK version of Simon Cowell’s spin-off show and it starts TONIGHT.
Acts from all over the world – including some that we’ve never even seen before – will compete to be crowned the champion of champions. Here is everything you need to know about the ITV series.
When is Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions on TV?
ITV has confirmed the BGT spin-off will start TONIGHT (August 31, at 8pm).
Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions will run for six weeks, with the show likely to end on October 5, 2019.
Constants and judges filmed the final at Wembley Arena at the end of July and accidentally revealed the winner.
The act who won the contest showed off their trophy outside the arena after the grand finale was shot.
However, we will not spoil it for you by revealing their identity but if you do care to know who won the show, a simple Twitter search will bring up the answer in no time.
Who are the hosts of Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions?
Ant and Dec will be back at the helm of the newly formatted show.
The presenting duo have hosted the original show since the very first one back in 2007.
And they will no doubt be providing the laughs as well as morale for the contestants as they battle it out to be crowned ultimate champion.
Who is in the Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions line-up week one?
The opera singer did exceptionally well during the first series of Britain’s Got Talent in 2007 and won the competition.
Winning the show changed his life, with him going on to release his debut album, One Chance, that year, which topped the charts in 13 countries.
He has appeared on Oprah twice, announced a global tour and has concerts in South Korea, Japan, Germany and Wales this year.
Also, Paul appeared on season one of America’s Got Talent: The Champions and made it to the Grand Final, beating out other previous Got Talent winners from around the world.
Paul’s story to success inspired the Hollywood film One Chance, starring The Late Late Show’s James Corden.
Ashleigh and Sully
Now, she will compete in the Champions version with a canine called Sully, a replacement for her pup who died in 2017.
The Nelson Twins
The comedy duo, who include identical twins Chris and Justin Nelson, were finalists of Australia’s Got Talent in series eight.
Since appearing on the show they have gone on to win several comedy awards.
Connie may only be 18-years-old but she is a Britain’s Got Talent veteran and came second to Paul Potts in the first ever series of the show.
She appeared on the first series of Britain’s Got Talent in 2007 when she was just six.
Bello and Annaliese Nock
Comic daredevils Bello and Annaliese Nock competed in series 12 and 13 of America’s Got Talent.
The father and daughter duo impressed judges on the America version of the show with their impressive stunts, when they competed as solo acts.
Sonali won India’s Got Talent series four and Sarder was a semi-finalist in series six and seven.
In 2012, Sonali won the show with her then dance partner Maraju Sumanth when she was seven-years-old.
Kseniya Simonova is a sand artist and the winner of Ukraine’s Got Talent series one and finalist of America’s Got Talent: The Champions.
In 2009, she won the Ukrainian version of the show and placed third in America’s Got Talent: The Champions.
The dance troupe, who perform in Storm Trooper costumes, competed in series 10 of Britain’s Got Talent.
Their energetic routines impressed the judges and viewers and saw them reach the final in 2016.
The Sacred Riana
The Sacred Riana, whose real name is Marie Antoinette Riana Graharani, won the second series of Asia’s Got Talent.
Also, she competed on America’s Got Talent in 2018 but was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the thirteenth series.
What is Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions?
Simon Cowell has revealed he is launching Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions after the success of the American version.
In February 2019, the 59-year-old laid out his four-year grand plan to overhaul his biggest TV brands exclusively to The Sun.
The show will feature winners, finalists and other successful contestants from Britain’s Got Talent and other international franchises of the series.
They will compete against each other for spots in a championship final.
Who are the Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions judges?
Speaking ahead of the series premiere, Simon said: “I love the idea that we could do something which is different.
“Having done the American show, it’s a very different kind of competition between an international act entering your main show and then representing their country on Champions.
“There is a very different mindset.”
Meanwhile, veteran judge Amanda added: “This show is the cream of talent from around the world. So there’s nothing stupid, there’s nothing to criticise, there’s nothing that needs particularly any direction.
“It’s all polished, we kind of all just sit back and enjoy ourselves. The acts are all ridiculously good, there’s nothing we can say to make them any better!
“But we tried and of course we each had our own Golden Buzzer including Ant & Dec. It was weird, but delightful situation to be in!”
What is the prize for winning BGT: The Champions?
Well besides being hailed as the ultimate Britain’s Got Talent champion – which is a feat in itself – the winner will also be handsomely rewarded.
The act that is crowned winner will get a cash prize of a whopping £100,000.
The original sum was meant to be £50k but boss Simon Cowell generously decided to double the winner’s prize.