ITV were having to rebuild their autumn schedule from scratch anyway having pulled The X Factor.
I actually think pulling X Factor this year for ITV has been a blessing in disguise for them.
This I would say is likely to pave the way for the Britain’s Got Talent Finals to take place on Saturdays through the Autumn. They’ve got the talent and the acts ready and an overdue Final, so it’s the perfect set up for it.
A few factors could affect it though. Obviously whether by September/October it is feasible for such a show to take place as per the government guidelines at the time. Whether Ant & Dec are going to be available for the majority due to I’m A Celeb commitments (however IAC is likely cancelled this year I suspect).
And if there’s any reason why BGT can’t air then they could just go with The Voice Finals if that’s a possible alternative.
I think the Stars In Their Eyes idea that was mooted before Coronavirus is now officially a non-starter given the amount of pre-production that would be required to get the show to air.
Indeed if neither BGT or The Voice is possible then it’s likely the BBC will be in the same boat too. But it’s going to be harder for the BBC to arrange Strictly then it is for ITV to opt for two Talent finals that are ready to go ahead, even if it’s in a slightly rehashed format.
January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006