Did Simon Cowell Just Hint That He’ll Be Back For The ‘BGT’ Final?

Jill O'Rourke | Talent Recap

Simon Cowell is currently recovering from a bike accident that broke his back in multiple places. He’s been absent from the America’s Got Talent live shows, but could he make it back to the Britain’s Got Talent judging table for the final episode?

In a recent interview, Simon talked about how the show will handle things going forward this season, and seemed to hint that perhaps he’ll be back in the judge’s chair by the end of the competition.

Simon Cowell Back On ‘BGT’ This Season?

Simon admitted he was initially worried the rest of the BGT season would have to be axed due to the pandemic, adding, “But then I thought, ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way!'”

Even before his accident, Simon was meant to appear on the BGT semifinals remotely, opting to stay in the United States and appear in person on AGT instead. Those plans have now changed, as he’s been absent from AGT for several weeks now.

The BGT semifinals start this weekend, with Ashley Banjo filling in for Simon on the panel. However, the Daily Mail reports that Ashley may only be needed for the semifinals, and Simon may return for the live finale.


“I think we’re going to have the longest judges’ desk in the world to make sure everyone has lots of space!” Simon said of the show’s precautions. “That’s the plus side to come out of all this, that David [Walliams] has to stay far away from me for the foreseeable future!”

Does this suggest that Simon will sit at the judges’ desk at some point this season? It certainly sounds like it. His co-stars Alesha Dixon and Howie Mandel have seemed confident that he’ll be back to work before the Got Talent seasons are over.

What Does Simon Think Of His Replacement?

Simon had positive things to say about his judging replacement, Ashley Banjo, who won the third season of BGT with his dance group Diversity.

“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, meanwhile, said it was “super humbling and super exciting.” He added, “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 semifinals start this Saturday and have been prerecorded. The final, on the other hand, will air live in October. Fingers crossed we see Simon at the judging table by then!


Jill O'Rourke
Jill O'Rourke

Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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