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'Got Talent' return date confirmed

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The return date for the fourth series of Britain's Got Talent has been confirmed.

Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan will return to search for Britain's best talent on Saturday, April 17 at 8pm on ITV1. The first episode, hosted by regular presenters Ant & Dec, will run for 90 minutes.

Stephen Mulhern will also return as the host of ITV2 spinoff show Britain's Got More Talent.

The 2009 series, which launched Susan Boyle's music career, peaked with 19.2 million viewers in the final. The show was the highest-rating programme of the year.

Amanda Holden has claimed that the latest run will be the "funniest" series to date, while Piers Morgan has promised that there will be some "extremely unusual" contestants.

A show source told DS: "We spent the whole of this year's auditions laughing - this year is certainly all about the fun! There are some corking acts."

Previous Britain's Got Talent winners have included opera singer Paul Potts and street dancer George Sampson. Ashley Banjo's dance troupe Diversity triumphed in last year's competition, beating Susan Boyle in the live final.

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