BGT Final, The Voice UK to clash for 15 minutes

In a last minute decision, ITV moved the final of Britain’s Got Talent to avoid a major clash.

The two rival talent shows have been at the centre of a bitter ratings battle. The Britain’s Got Talent final, which will air on Saturday 12 May, had been listed to air at 6.30pm. The Voice UK is down to start at 6.10pm and would have created a 75-minute clash.

ITV have now decided on starting the Britain’s Got Talent final at 7.30pm. In recent weeks ITV have moved BGT to avoid a direct clash, which was significantly denting the start of the Simon Cowell show.

Since The Voice UK launched on BBC One, both shows have been at the centre of a ‘ratings battle’. BBC began winning the battle but viewers began to dip during the first live show last week leading to Britain’s Got Talent had a slight victory over The Voice UK.

The Voice UK features Sir Tom Jones, Will.i.am, Jessie J and Danny O’Donoghue as coaches who are searching for an artist who has ‘the voice’. The show has been criticised in the press for the Sunday results show which is recorded on Saturday following the live performance show.

The winner of BGT will win £500,000 and a slot at the Royal Variety Performance in-front of the Royal family.

[Written by Shaun Linden]

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