Fylde coast ready to show off talents

Simon Cowell arrives at the Lowry Theatre in Salford for the Britain's Got Talent auditions
Simon Cowell arrives at the Lowry Theatre in Salford for the Britain's Got Talent auditions
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A GALAXY of stars will descend on Blackpool today as Britain’s Got Talent auditions explode into life at the Opera House.

Simon Cowell makes an eagerly awaited return to the resort as entertainers from right across the Fylde coast showcase their skills for the ITV talent show.

And with a new panel of judges on hand to help him decide the fate of the performers, Winter Gardens staff rolled out the red carpet.

Along with new panelists comedian David Walliams and Strictly Come Dancing’s Alesha Dixon.

Amanda Holden was supposed to make the trip but the heavily pregnant celebrity was detained in hospital overnight for observation.

The Opera House has been a hive of activity as production teams moved in yesterday to set up the massive stage.

David Gore, manager of the Winter Gardens said: “We are delighted to have Britain’s Got Talent back again and look forward to showing off what the theatre and Blackpool has to offer.

“We hosted the Royal Variety Performance in 2009, other TV productions have been recorded in Blackpool recently and now this, it’s a big vote of confidence in the town’s entertainment industry and venues.”

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Auditions started in Manchester on Friday with Cowell boasting he had already found a star.

With the caustic tongued megastar now back at the helm, fans on Twitter have been tweeting about their excitement.

And it seems the man himself is pleased to be back. He tweeted: “BGT auditions start – let the madness begin! I’m glad to be back.”

David Walliams has also told of his excitement to be heading to the resort. On Sunday He wrote: “I can’t wait for Tuesday when BGT hits Blackpool.

“I still can’t believe I am actually getting paid to have so much fun!

“I think I have a new double act partner, Simon Cowell!

“I haven’t laughed so much in years.”

Amanda Holden also tweeted: “Massively excited! Had dinner with new judges last night! Very funny.”

And the show has got off to a positive start for newcomer Alesha Dixon. She wrote: “Thank you Manchester, it’s been great! Next stop Blackpool, BGT – Incredible!”