Susan Boyle forced to pull out of Britain's Got Talent special over Covid fears

Britain’s Got Talent legend Susan Boyle was forced to pull out of the show’s upcoming Christmas special due to Coronavirus restrictions.

The ITV programme is welcoming back some of the biggest stars from the competition’s history for the upcoming festive episode. Susan, however, won’t be among them.

The singer took part in filming for the special back in October, before being sent home when production was delayed. By the time shooting resumed, new restrictions meant that she was unable to leave her home in Scotland.

The singer’s representative told ‘Susan, unfortunately, couldn’t appear on Britain’s Got Talent as her area in Scotland was in a tier 4 category, (the highest tier of Covid-19 restrictions) at the time of filming and she felt it prudent to stay at home and not breach the order by travelling to London.’

The singer shot to fame after singing I Dreamed a Dream from Les Misérables on the 2009 series of the show.

There’s no Susan, but the new Christmas episode which will see all four judges take part in performances with favourite acts from years gone by.

Guest judge Ashley Banjo will dance with Diversity and 2008 winner George Sampson. Alesha Dixon will perform Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas with 2017 winner Tokio Myers, and Amanda Holden will join forces with Collabro to perform her single Home For Christmas.

Comedian Jon Courtenay, who was crowned the winner of Britain’s Got Talent this year, will also take to the stage. Fan favourites Stavros Flatley will also perform.

Finally, David Walliams has created an alternative Queen’s speech, bringing the laughs with the help of former stand-up stars including Lost Voice Guy, Daliso Chaponda and Robert White.

David said: ‘That was fun, it’s an alternative Queen’s speech. It’s just jokes about the other judges, more than jokes about the Queen.’

He added: ‘I think it’s nice that because everyone’s had a rough year, I think people just want to be entertained.

‘So, I’m glad we’re providing a bit of fun this Christmas.’

Britain’s Got Talent: Christmas Special airs Christmas Day at 8pm on ITV.

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