While Simon Cowell loves nothing more than shaking up the ‘X Factor’ judging panel, it seems he’s a lot more content with the ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ line-up, as all four judges are returning for next year’s series.
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Stephen Mulhern will also return to host ITV2 spin-off show ‘Britain’s Got More Talent’, for his tenth consecutive year.
The announcement also marks the fifth year that the line-up has remained unchanged - a record for both ‘BGT’ and ‘X Factor’.
However, the Daily Star reports that Simon’s involvement in the series was thrown into doubt, after he signed up to join the ‘America’s Got Talent’ panel next year.
He is replacing outgoing judge DJ Howard Stern on the NBC talent show, and questioned whether he would be able to film both shows at the same times.
Bosses eventually cut some of the ‘BGT’ filming dates to allow Simon to continue on the show, meaning the hunt for next year’s winner will now only visit three UK cities.
A source told the paper: “He was determined to film both the UK and US versions and thankfully he has made it work. There was talk of getting guest judges to stand in for UK dates he couldn’t do but in the end the schedule was altered slightly.”
Simon’s role on ‘AGT’ marks his comeback to US TV, following the axing of ‘The X Factor USA’ in 2013.
Earlier this year, Amanda admitted that the upcoming series of 'BGT' might be her last on the panel, telling reporters: "I would love to make it to 10 years and then call it a day. 10 years is an amazing feat.
"I want a nice big clock when I leave and some holiday in the sunshine. And a retirement package."
Auditions for 'BGT' are expected to begin filming in the New Year, before the show returns to ITV in the spring.