Britain’s Got Talent’s Christmas Special is SHUT DOWN after COVID-19 outbreak


BGT’s Christmas Special HALTS a day before filming begins after crew member contracts COVID-19… as Susan Boyle arrives without a mask, medics swarm and staff are tested

Britain’s Got Talent have been forced to halt filming for its Christmas Special after a COVID-19 outbreak on set.

Bosses have postponed production for the festive special as ‘a number of crew members’ are ordered to self-isolate in accordance with government guidelines, with pictures of the site on Monday showing the measures in place.

Spotted heading into the studio was former winner Susan Boyle, 59, who failed to wear a mask while in a car and when heading into the building. 

A representative for BGT told MailOnline: ‘As a result of a positive Covid-19 result received yesterday we have implemented our protocols and a number of crew members are self-isolating at home.

On hold: Britain’s Got Talent have been forced to halt filming for its Christmas Special after a COVID-19 outbreak on set (judges pictured during semi-final filming in August)

‘As a result, we are unable to continue filming our BGT Christmas Special today and have taken the decision to postpone. 

‘The safety of all those involved in the show is our number one priority and we follow extensive Covid-19 related procedures to adhere to all Government guidelines.’ 

The images taken on Monday showed the extensive measures in place however Susan failed to wear a mask while in the car and then entering the building.  

It had been reported that the Christmas Special was due to begin filming on Tuesday ahead of its broadcast over the festive period. 

Maskless: Spotted heading into the studio was former winner Susan Boyle, 59, who failed to wear a mask while in a car and when heading into the building

Maskless: Spotted heading into the studio was former winner Susan Boyle, 59, who failed to wear a mask while in a car and when heading into the building

Serious: Susan maintained a steely expression as she arrived at the studios

Serious: Susan maintained a steely expression as she arrived at the studios

Pushed back: Bosses have postponed production for the festive special as 'a number of crew members' are ordered to self-isolate in accordance with government guidelines

Pushed back: Bosses have postponed production for the festive special as ‘a number of crew members’ are ordered to self-isolate in accordance with government guidelines

A source told The Sun: ‘It’s the last thing Britain’s Got Talent bosses would have wanted on day one of the new production.

‘Everything was ready to go so they’re gutted it’s immediately ground to a halt. Everyone was told to stay away and those involved now must self-isolate.

‘They can take no chances, particularly with some of the returning winners potentially vulnerable.’ 

Checking up: Those arriving at the studio were swabbed and tested

Checking up: Those arriving at the studio were swabbed and tested 

Here she is: The images taken on Monday showed the extensive measures in place however Susan failed to wear a mask while in the car and then entering the building

Here she is: The images taken on Monday showed the extensive measures in place however Susan failed to wear a mask while in the car and then entering the building

Dazzling: It had been reported that the non-competitive Christmas Special was due to begin filming on Tuesday ahead of its broadcast over the festive period

Dazzling: It had been reported that the non-competitive Christmas Special was due to begin filming on Tuesday ahead of its broadcast over the festive period

BGT were set to produce a non-competitive festive special featuring an array of acts from years past, with Ashley Banjo once again standing in for Simon Cowell as he continues to recover from a broken back. 

It’s hoped that the show could bring in higher TV ratings for ITV, as the BBC usually dominates over the festive period. 

It was reported last month that bosses were hoping to line up BGT stars Susan Boyle and Paul Potts for the special, along with Ashley’s troupe Diversity, who sparked controversy with their Black Lives Matter-inspired performance in August.

The current series of BGT concluded on Saturday after being delayed by the COVID-19 crisis, with comedic singer Jon Courtenay being crowned champion with his inspiring song about the recent crisis. 

All hands on board: Medics and security mingled on the set

All hands on board: Medics and security mingled on the set 

Festive fun: It's hoped that the show could bring in higher TV ratings for ITV, as the BBC usually dominates over the festive period

Festive fun: It’s hoped that the show could bring in higher TV ratings for ITV, as the BBC usually dominates over the festive period

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