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Britain's Got Talent smashes Guinness World Record

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 08, 2014

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Alesha Dixon, David Walliams, Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden

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It is officially the world's most successful reality television format and Britain's Got Talent returns to our screens on Saturday night.

Judges Simon Cowell, David Walliams, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon return to ITV for the show which has had the nation gripped for years.

This year they have a new gimmick - a Golden Buzzer for their personal favourites.

Guinness World Records recognised the Got Talent brand after it was commissioned in 58 territories worldwide.

Co-owned by FremantleMedia and Syco Entertainment, the entertainment show has versions across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle-East, Africa and the Americas.

Simon Cowell told Guinness World Record.com: "I am very proud that Got Talent is a home grown British show. We owe its success to a group of very talented producers all over the world who have made this happen. And of course amazing talent."

The show has laucnehd sparkling careers for new acts around the world, including Susan Boyle and Paul Potts.

Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia said: “We are immensely proud of the ever successful Got Talent and are delighted to add a prestigious GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title to its list of achievements. Got Talent has become a global phenomenon that has transcended cultures and excited audiences from all corners of the globe. We look forward to working with Syco Entertainment in continuing to make this brand an absolute triumph.”

Alistair Richards, President of Guinness World Records, said, “We are delighted to confirm that Got Talent has broken the previous world record and is now the official Guinness World Records title holder for the Most successful reality television format, a landmark moment in television record breaking history, congratulations!”

Judge Amanda Holden said: "This whole show is such a huge thing to be part of. When you step outside it and look how massive it is, it’s unbelievable to think you’re part of it.

I just find the whole thing really exciting because it’s so successful. It’s great television and everyone watches it and loads of people want to talk to me about it. It’s just such a laugh."

Fellow judge David Walliams said he was looking forward to working with his on screen chums again: "It’s been fun, as Judges we are like a family, albeit a dysfunctional one.

"We always look forward to seeing each other and spending time together but you do forget what a strange experience it is making the show. There’s absolutely no preparation and we have no idea about any of the acts before they come out, so it’s not like any other job I’ve ever had.

"There’s a responsibility too,because you do want to deliver a really great semi-finalist, and ultimately a winner, to the public who will do really well here and maybe even around the world.

"There’s a responsibility to the acts as well, because I’ve auditioned for things before and I understand how much it means to people. This show especially because anyone can come on doing anything, there are so many different people from so many walks of life, who have never performed before."

Britain's Got Talent returns to ITV at 7.15pm on Saturday, April 12.

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