Simon Cowell announces past winner as Britain's Got Talent replacement
24 August 2020, 10:57 | Updated: 24 August 2020, 11:00
Simon Cowell's replacement as a judge on hit TV show Britain's Got Talent has been revealed after injury forced the TV mogul to not take part in the 2020 series.
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Simon has starred in every series of the show since it began in 2007, but has had to step aside as he recovers from breaking his back in a nasty bike injury earlier this month.
With the semi-final due to be filmed next week, Simon revealed the decision behind choosing Ashley as his replacement.
"Ashley will be a fantastic addition to the panel. He knows the power of the show and the responsibility of it," Simon said.
"I couldn’t think of a better person to sit in my seat whilst I follow doctor’s orders. I hate that stupid bike."
Ashley added that he felt very 'humbled' returning as a judge after winning the show with dance act Diversity 11 years previously.
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"As if 2020 couldn’t get any crazier! It’s super humbling and super exciting! I remember being on that stage last year and talking about how it’s been ten years since we won, and how people should never tell you, you can’t do something," he said.
"Walking on that stage as a 20-year-old street dancer from the streets of East London and now I am walking out there and stepping in for the big man! It feels really nice, almost poetic."
The news comes after Ashley posted a picture of himself sitting with his baby Micah Grace at the Britain's Got Talent judging panel (above).
The semi-finals will be shown as five pre-recorded episodes, with acts performing via video link or on stage with no audience to comply with social distancing rules.
The show will conclude with a live final in October when one act will be crowned the winner of Britain's Got Talent 2020.