Britain’s Got Talent set to compete with Strictly Come Dancing in autumn TV ratings battle – The Sun

BRITAIN’S Got Talent is set to go toe to toe with Strictly Come Dancing in an autumn TV ratings battle.

The ITV show is planning to air its semi finals in September, just as the BBC dance hit launches its latest series.

BGT has been forced to delay the live shows until later in the year because of Covid-19, despite the auditions finishing this weekend.

But bosses hope that by the autumn they will have a live audience in front of judges including David Walliams.

A source said: “Both are hugely popular and this will split the audience if they are on at the same time.

“Both the Strictly launch show and the first proper dancing episode both air in September.

“But that’s when Simon Cowell and the BGT producers are planning on airing the semi-finals now they have their line-up locked in.

"They could try and air the semi-finals across a full week, but the final episode will likely clash with Strictly.”

In previous years Simon has been reluctant to get into a ratings battle with Strictly and stars such as Oti Mabuse.

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