Bosses are refusing to allow the series final to continue as planned if it means the concert in aid of those affected by the Manchester terror attack will get sidelined, they revealed in a statement today.
An ITV spokesperson said: “Ariana Grande’s ‘One Love Manchester’ benefit concert is bringing artists and the public together, and will raise funds for the Red Cross’s Manchester Emergency Fund.”
“ITV and Britain’s Got Talent have no desire to distract from this important cause, so we have taken the decision to move the Britain’s Got Talent Final from Sunday night.”
However, many fans are taking to Twitter to express their worry that the changes will clash with girl band Little Mix’s Amsterdam concert on Saturday, who are expected to perform with Diversity on the live final of Britain’s Got Talent too.
The Britain's Got Talent final has been moved to Saturday to avoid clash with Manchester concert
Last night's semi final saw duo Issy Simpson and Matt Edwards get put through
Ariana Grande released a letter showing her support and announcing a benefit concert for Manchester
ITV and Britain’s Got Talent have no desire to distract from this important cause
One person tweeted: “Please give us more info if Little Mix will still perform in Amsterdam. I will cry my eyes out if they cancel the concert.”
But another user showed their disappointment with fans of the X factor group: “How sad that LM fans are more interested in them performing than the reason it’s getting moved.”
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The benefit concert will feature acts such as Justin Bieber, Take That, Katy Perry and Coldplay, along with Grande herself. It will take place at the Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester.
In addition, the annual British Soap Awards will also be moved from its scheduled time slot of Saturday night to Tuesday 6 June at 8pm.
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Grandmother Dizzy Twilight DJ'd in a spaceship on-stage
The second semi-final of Britain's Got Talent, which saw Ant and Dec intervening near the start again, saw Issy Simpson and Matt Edwards get put through to the final, where they will join 15-year-old-singer Kyle Tomlinson and DNA.
Other notable moments include singer Harry Gardner dedicating his performance to his late grandmother, and Dizzy Twilight DJ-ing inside a spaceship.
The third semi-final continues tonight on ITV at 7.30pm.