Simon Cowell returns for Britain’s Got Talent 2013

He’s back! Simon Cowell will return to the Judges Desk for the seventh series of Britain’s Got Talent on ITV1, it has been confirmed today.

After a hugely successful series in 2012, the same team reunite with multi-award winning Ant & Dec as hosts, while Simon is joined again by Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams for the show that puts a smile on the nation’s face.

In a thrilling finale to the 2012 series, Simon’s dream of a dancing dog emerging victorious came true when Ashleigh & Pudsey were crowned the winners.

Since their win in May which was watched by a peak of 14.5 million viewers, the talented duo have performed in front of Her Majesty The Queen at the Royal Variety Performance, appeared on America’s Got Talent, been guests on The Jay Leno Show and Pudsey has even penned (or pawed) his autobioDOGraphy.

From a series that was packed with outstanding talent, Britain’s Got Talent runners-up Jonathan & Charlotte have seen their debut album go Gold; Only Boys Aloud have just released their first album; and group the Loveable Rogues are currently putting the finishing touches to their initial release.

Simon Cowell says:  "I loved doing the show last year, the new panel worked really well and I’m very happy they have all agreed to come back. Last year was a special year for talent and I hope that in 2013, off the back of an amazing year for Britain, we find another global star."

David Walliams adds: "My Simon and I are going to be together again. I’m delighted to confirm I will be a judge on Britain’s Got Talent again next year. I am so happy I could cry.

The Judges Auditions Tour starts in the New Year visiting five cities, and for the first time auditions will be held at the famous home of variety entertainment – The London Palladium.

Expect the unexpected on Britain's Got Talent, anything goes from dance troupes to acrobats, magicians to comedians and dancing dogs to mind-blowing contortionists. The show is open to any performer of any age, from any background, with any talent - all they need is a skill and star quality which they think will impress the Judges.

Britain’s Got Talent is the highest rating entertainment series on British television this year and recently the show’s YouTube channel smashed the billion views barrier.

Britain’s Got Talent was named Best Talent Show at the TV Choice Awards in September.