Britains Got Talent Season 8

SEASON 8 - 2014

The eighth series of Britain's Got Talent will begin airing on ITV on 12 April 2014. Ant & Dec will return to present the main show on ITV, while Stephen Mulhern will return to present the spin-off show Britain's Got More Talent on ITV2. Judges Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden return for their eighth series on the judging panel, while Alesha Dixon and David Walliams will both return for their third series. The series is part of a new contract that will keep Britain's Got Talent on the air until 2016.

This series saw the introduction of the new 'golden buzzer'. During the auditions, as well as the standard buzzers, each judge was given one 'golden buzzer'. They could use this buzzer only once, and it would send that auditionee straight through to the live semi-finals regardless of the opinions of the other three judges. Presenters Ant & Dec were given a golden buzzer as well. The golden buzzer has previously been used on Germany's Got Talent.

During the second day of the Birmingham auditions on 2 February, Holden was the first judge to use her golden buzzer, then Cowell used his on the second day of auditions in Manchester. Dixon was left as the only judge yet to use her golden buzzer after Walliams used his on the first day of the London auditions on 11 February. The following day, Dixon finally pressed her golden buzzer on the second day of the London auditions. Despite pressing Cowell's golden buzzer for him, Ant & Dec never used their own buzzer.


Auditions for the series took place between January and February 2014 in Belfast, London, Manchester, Birmingham and Cardiff. This is the first series where auditions have been held in Northern Ireland, but auditions were not held in Scotland, the first time this has happened since the first series in 2007. Cowell missed the Manchester auditions and was replaced by Ant & Dec. He was later unable to attend the final day of the London auditions, but was not replaced.


The finalists were chosen on 9 March 2014.


The final took place on 7 June from 19:00 until 21:30.



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