Britain"s Got Simon back… for now: Cowell returns to BGT for semi-finals

Britain"s Got Simon back… for now: Cowell returns to BGT for semi-finals

Britain”s Got Simon back… for now: Cowell returns to BGT for semi-finals

2:09 AM on 19th May 2011

His brutal honesty has been missing from the current series of Britain”s Got Talent.

But fans of Simon Cowell will be pleased to know he is making a return to the ITV Saturday night show for its upcoming live episodes.

ITV confirmed the 51-year-old would return to the panel alongside Amanda Holden, Michael McIntyre and David Hasselhoff on 30 May.

Back behind the buzzer: Simon Cowell will take his place beside Amanda Holden when he returns to Britain

Back behind the buzzer: Simon Cowell will take his place beside Amanda Holden when he returns to Britain”s Got Talent

The broadcaster tweeted: “Simon Cowell will return for the Britain”s Got Talent semi-finals, starting Monday 30 May.”

Cowell has been absent for the initial audition shows – recorded across the UK in January and February this year – because of his commitments in LA.

But he will return for the last two weeks of the series to give his opinion on the finalists.

In his absence, the show”s only remaining original judge Holden said she was enjoying being in control of the panel.

New panel: Cowell will be sharing his opinion with two new judges Michael McIntyre and David Hasselhoff

New panel: Cowell will be sharing his opinion with two new judges Michael McIntyre and David Hasselhoff

She said: “Michael did ask me for lots of advice and turns to me a lot, so I did feel like the boss, which I liked!

“I am Simon Cowell. I”m like, “I am God, stop the music, it”s down to me.

“Simon won”t like the fact he”s not missed. He will return for part of the live finals. I”d love him to come down from the ceiling on a cloud, wearing a toga and showing off his macho chest. That would be a good way for him to return!

“Hopefully he”ll be draping himself over me again, because I”ve missed the flirting!”

Following months of speculation, Cowell confirmed he was leaving Britain”s Got Talent last December.

At the same time, McIntyre and Hasselhoff were announced as judges.

ITV announced in October that it had reached a new agreement with Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia to secure Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor on ITV1 until 2013.

A peak audience of 15million viewers watched the 2010 Britain’s Got Talent final, with 19.2million watching 2009’s final which saw Diversity beat Susan Boyle to the winner”s title.