SIMON COWELL must have thought he would get a year off David Walliams' advances on the next series of Britain’s Got Talent.
But despite noises that Piers Morgan might be drafted in as his replacement — or even as a fifth judge — Simon has had some bad news.
I can reveal David has agreed to take part in the 15th series. Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and Simon himself will all return too.
It is unfortunate timing for Piers, who has more time on his hands after he walked away from ITV’s Good Morning Britain earlier this month.
That followed a row over on-air comments the controversial host made about Meghan and Prince Harry's love-in with Oprah Winfrey.
A source said: “All four judges will be back this year, so it’s business as usual on BGT. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.
“The format is still a great one, and that involves all four judges, including David.
“He does sometimes press Simon’s buttons in the wrong way but it’s hard to imagine him not being there.”
One change I’m told was mooted was adding Piers as a fifth judge.
He was a panellist on the ITV talent show from 2007 to 2010, along with six series of America’s Got Talent.
But Simon and the producers could not make the logistics work, so have stuck to the original plan of the four returning.
I personally think the first few series of Britain’s Got Talent, as much as I still love it now, were the glory years.
And who was on the judging panel for all of them? Piers, Amanda and Simon.
I think they could do a lot worse than reverting to a three.
Trunks call on Doc set
STRANGE scenes were played out on the set of Doctor Who – and they weren’t even scripted.
Jodie Whittaker, who plays the timelord, was in fits of laughter as her new companion John Bishop stopped for a picture with a passing jogger who had nothing on but trunks and a hat.
The under-dressed runner was a bit brave because the night was so cold that Jodie had to clutch a hot water bottle between takes.
The BBC1 sci-fi drama was filming at Albert Dock in Liverpool, which was once the setting for ITV daytime show This Morning.
Comedian and actor John was born in the city and grew up in the neighbouring county of Cheshire.
I’m sure he will be travelling a lot further when he appears on our screens in the upcoming series.
FANS of Bodyguard can be cautiously optimistic there will be a second series of the cop thriller starring Richard Madden.
The show’s producer Simon Heath told Metro: “Bodyguard is a big beast to put back together.
“I’m reasonably confident we will see it in due course.”
Craig's voice of reason
NEW Voice UK champ Craig Eddie says his show mentor Anne-Marie did more than just help him musically.
In an exclusive chat after his win at the weekend, he revealed the singer helped him overcome his anxiety too.
Craig said: “Anne-Marie has been amazing. As well as solid advice on the music, she was really beneficial to my mental health.
“During the blind audition and the battle, I couldn’t enjoy it because I was so focused on the pressure. Anne-Marie told me to enjoy it and take a step back. That was really beneficial to me.”
His song Come Waste My Time, which Craig wrote, went straight to No1 on iTunes after his triumph.
He added: “Every time the song went up the charts, Anne-Marie was sending me screenshots. I was aiming for the Top 100. It doesn’t feel real. I don’t think I’ve properly processed it yet.”
Ben back for Beeb thriller
EX-EASTENDER Ben Hardy is returning to BBC1 in new drama The Girl Before.
The actor, who played Peter Beale, left Albert Square in 2015 to star in films such as X-Men and Bohemian Rhapsody.
He will appear with David Oyelowo and Gugu Mbatha-Raw in the psychological thriller, which is based on the novel of the same name by JP Delaney.
Ben plays Simon, the boyfriend of Emma, who I revealed last week would be played by I’m A Celebrity . . . star Jessica Plummer.
The couple move into a house called One Folgate Street, owned by a strange architect who insists his co-habitants follow strict rules.
It’ll be a walk in the park after living under the same roof as Ian and Cindy Beale.
NETFLIX has confirmed that steamy “no-dating” show Too Hot To Handle and social media contest The Circle USA will return to the streaming service – both for their second series.
The former will air every Wednesday in June, while the latter starts on April 14 and will run for four weeks.
A deadly few days in Dales
EMMERDALE bosses have confirmed a dramatic flash-forward week of episodes, with THREE villagers’ lives left hanging in the balance.
The specials air next week and will see at least one of a trio of characters meet a grisly end in a barn explosion.
Producers of the ITV show say it is their biggest stunt since the pandemic took hold a year ago and they will be providing a sneak peek of the action in trailers.
It all begins when Jimmy King (Nick Miles) loses control of his vehicle, which careers off the road at speed and ploughs into farm buildings, setting off an explosive chain reaction.
And they say life is quieter in the countryside.
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