ITV bosses axe Britain’s Got Talent spin-off to focus on the main show and social media as they try to attract a younger audience – The Sun

FOR the past 12 years it has been ITV2’s bedfellow for Britain’s Got Talent.

But after thousands of eccentric hopefuls showcasing their talent, or lack of it in some cases, the spin-off show has taken its final bow.

Britain’s Got More Talent, which has always been presented by Stephen Mulhern aired some of the whackier acts who came to audition.

Bosses have decided to end the series and focus on the main show and its social media channels. A TV insider said: “Stephen is a much-loved member of the BGT family and everyone loved him on the show.

“He is still incredibly busy, with lots of exciting projects for ITV. Behind the scenes, executives decided it was the right time to move on.

“It will be sad to bring the curtain down on it after so many years of laughs. But it is important to move with the times, and the reality is younger audiences who once watched it now consume a lot more of their content online.

“The plan is to focus more on the digital platforms — clips for social media and things like that.”

BGMT included interviews with the judges after the BGT live shows, which produced some hilarious moments including Amanda Holden throwing water over Stephen when their banter got out of control.

A BGT spokesman said: “As our 18-34 audience share continues to grow and viewing habits are changing, naturally we are listening to viewers and focusing more on digital platforms.”

Either that or Simon Cowell is keen to get to bed earlier after hitting the big 6-0 yesterday.

Kelly's got BOT double

SHE is remembered for her breakthrough role in 1996 movie Trainspotting – and that raunchy sex scene with Ewan McGregor. Now Kelly MacDonald has revealed she refuses to strip for the camera.

Kelly, whose 15-year-old character Diane Coulston seduced Ewan’s Mark Renton in the film, told Radio Times she has a bottom double for saucy scenes, after insisting on a “no-nudity” clause in contracts.

That includes steamier moments in her latest drama, BBC2 thriller Giri/Haji, which starts on October 17.

She said: “Generally, if you see a bit of flesh, it’s not me. I used to not care about getting my photos taken, or any of that nudity thing. You’d expect that the more you did them, the easier they’d get. But that’s not my experience.”

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WHAT? The Capture, BBC1, 9pm.
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