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Alan Carr could be set to join BGT and replace Bruno Tonioli

Bruno Tonioli is reportedly set to depart the Britain’s Got Talent panel after just two series.

The ITV show is expected to undergo a significant shake-up next year, leading to a filming clash for the Dancing with the Stars judge. The new series is slated to start airing earlier than usual in February, taking over the slot previously occupied by Saturday Night Takeaway. This change necessitates that filming commence later this year, causing a scheduling conflict for Tonioli.

A source revealed: “Once it became clear auditions were starting in October, as opposed to January as per the previous 17 series, it became clear Bruno may not be able to take part. He’s committed to the US, but the new format for BGT is non-negotiable because the show will effectively be replacing Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway. Bruno has been a real hit with his fellow judges and viewers, so it would be incredibly sad to see him go.”

This shake-up could open the door for Alan Carr, who was reportedly in talks with Simon Cowell last year about joining the show before Tonioli secured the role. Carr has also worked on BBC travel shows with BGT panellist Amanda Holden, making him a familiar face and a strong contender for the position.

The source told The Sun: “Conversations have only just begun, but Alan Carr is a name that has been mooted – his chemistry with Amanda is already a winning formula – and he would bring a fantastic comic edge to the panel.”

The latest series of Britain’s Got Talent concluded on Sunday night, with singer Sydnie Christmas taking home a £250,000 prize. She will appear on the Royal Variety Performance later this year after securing almost a third of all votes in the final.

Applications for the 2025 series are now open.

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