Britain's Got Talent returns with semi-final after pandemic hiatus

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The lovely performance duo hit the right notes as they entertain the audience with the pack-impressive role of the rat, which is most true from their PJ and Duncan days.

The show went on a long hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, and hosts Ant and Dec opened the pre-recorded show reflecting on "a unusual few months" and saying how much they have missed the talent.

Things started with a bang, December 44th, first reflects: "It was a odd few months".

Commenting on the performance, Alesha said: "I really admire you for standing and delivering a really strong vocal and I think Simon [Cowell] would be proud of you".

Ashley joked at how Steve "actually made me question myself, I don't think I'd find someone dropping balls so funny". "I missed the laughter, the magic, and the mess". And what's it called?' and they said I'm a Celebrity... Is it time to bring it all back? To which Ant replied dramatically, "I thought you'd never ask, let's do it".

Before introducing the BGT judges, the duo gives viewers a glimpse of the virtual crowd On the huge "audience wall" behind the individual judges tables.

Instead, a virtual audience will watch from their homes and their reactions will be broadcast into the studio on a giant screen.

Amanda Holden, who will fill in as head judge in Cowell's absence, will have the deciding vote if there is a tie.

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Reaching out: David and Yams arrived on stage behind a wall of feathers to the boys singing, "Our David must always be an understatement".

It comes as the group's own Ashley Banjo steps in for Simon Cowell on the judging panel as the BGT boss recovers from a recent bike accident.

The first show begins at 8PM on Saturday, September 5.

The new setup sees each judge at least two meters away from his or her desk to ensure the show is complying with new safety guidelines during the Covid-19 crisis.

Banjo will join regular judges Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams on the panel.

Amanda has also been promoted to chief justice, jokingly saying that if she had to make a decision, she would have the full support of the "musical theater".

Simon, 60, is forced to withdraw from BGT after breaking his back during a cycling accident, and is replaced by variety star Ashley Banjo.

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