Britain’s Got Talent judge makes epic U-turn as new line-up confirmed

Ant McPartlin is not the only person set to return to Britain’s Got Talent, and one judge has seemed to make an epic U-turn in their decision.

Insiders have exclusively revealed to MirrorOnline that Alesha Dixon, David Walliams, Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden will all take their comfy seats behind the judges’ desk to perform their duties in choosing the next winner of the show.

Last year, Dec Donnelly was forced to host the live semi-finals and final alone after Ant’s drink drive crash and subsequent stint in rehab, though Ant still appeared in the pre-recorded auditions.

But David seems to have done a pretty major U-turn, as he cast doubt on his BGT future, revealing his contract was soon to be up and he may not return.

Britain's Got Talent judge makes epic U-turn as new line-up confirmed

Ant and Dec received a BAFTA for the show in 2010
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A source told us: “Everyone is really excited to have the full gang back for the 13th series of BGT and producers have got lots of exciting plans up their sleeves to make it the best yet.”

Up until now, the future of the programme’s judges has not been confirmed, with Ant only confirming to be back in the show after his telly partner’s stint on I’m A Celebrity finished.

And David told Heat magazine: "I have one more year, and then my contract is up. [After that?] We shall see."

So Simon and David’s banter will return to the screen, as Alesha and Amanda dazzle in their showstopping semi-final outfits.

Britain's Got Talent judge makes epic U-turn as new line-up confirmed

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The confirmation comes after it was revealed that Lisa Armstrong, Ant’s ex and make-up artist on the show, has been ditched from returning to the show next year as she was "close friends with its producers."

Lisa has shown her devastation on Twitter, as she has replied to various messages from fans, wishing her well over the snub.

An insider told us: "Lisa is spitting feathers at being axed – she’s part of the BGT family and loved working there for over 10 years.

"For her to be cut off after so long is gutting.

"She’s had a lot of input into BGT that viewers never got to see, like supplying props for games with Ant and Dec and doing lots more behind the scenes.

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Dec went it alone for Saturday Night Takeaway, with Scarlett Moffatt and Stephen Mulhern taking on a greater role in the presenting of the show, while Dec paired up with Holly Willoughby for the jungle stint in Australia.

Phillip Schofield, Holly’s usual telly husband, has also revealed she won’t be back on morning TV screens until January 2019, with the pair also set to present Dancing On Ice’s new series.

At present, it’s not known whether Stephen will return for the Britain’s Got More Talent spin-off on ITV2, though there is, at present, no reason to believe he will not be back on the show.

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