19/03/2012 20:01 GMT

Britain's Got Talent: 2012 Contestants Step Up For Shot At The Big Time (PHOTOS)

Britain's Got Talent is back on the road with the judges trawling the length and breadth of the UK in search of Britain's best talent.

Hosted by award-winning TV favourites Ant & Dec, the show sees the return of Simon Cowell, joined on the exciting new panel by actor and comedian David Walliams, singer, songwriter and dancer Alesha Dixon, and returning judge, Amanda Holden.

This year the winner will not only have the opportunity to perform at the 2012 Royal Variety Performance, they will also receive £500,000 - £250,000 of which will come from Simon Cowell's own pocket.

Judging by the pictures below, we can expect the unexpected on Britain's Got Talent, where anything goes, from dance troupes to acrobats, magicians to comedians and dancing dogs to mind-blowing contortionists. The show is open to any performer of any age, from any background, with any talent - all they need is a skill and star quality which they think will impress the Judges.

Have a look through the audition pictures below and see if you can spot a winner in our midst...

Britain's Got Talent Auditions