Inside Britains Got Talent format change which would have seen it copy Strictly

Popular talent show Britain's Got Talent could have originally looked a lot like a very familiar BBC dance show.

Simon Cowell's talent show originally had very different plans to how they were going to format the programme.

Now, Britain's Got Talent would not be the same without the iconic red buzzers that sit before the four judges.

Instead, the judges would score the act just like BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.

Labelled the 'talent totaliser' they would hold up a paddle and rate each act.

It was also rumoured that the audience would play a part in voting, using keypads to decide which acts were their favourites.

This wasn't the only huge change that the hit show made.

One of Britain's most loved TV hosts Paul O'Grady was originally supposed to host the show which Ant and Dec are now recognisable for.

ITV star Paul was listed on the original line up under the name 'Paul's Got Talent'.

However the For the Love of Dogs host said: "I told producers they were having a joke if they thought I would front a show with that title."

Former Girls Aloud member Cheryl Cole was also supposed to make the original line-up of judges.

However, the singer wasn't too keen on the idea, so later chose to be a judge Simon Cowell's other hit show X-Factor instead.

Author and TV presenter Fern Britton was reportedly next on the line-up for judges replacing Cheryl.

However, the former This Morning star only filmed a pilot of the show which was never aired.

Ultimately ITV were unsure about the idea of the talent show and originally shelved the idea of it. After it's success with the American version, America's Got Talent, is when ITV decided to give it a shot.

In the end, Britain's Got Talent has been one of the UK's most watched television shows. Running since 2007, the talent show still manages to rake in over 6 million viewers every episode.

Britain's Got Talent airs Saturdays on ITV at 8pm

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