Britain’s Got Talent: What does the Golden Buzzer mean?

Loren Allred on Britain's Got Talent

We had our first Golden Buzzer from BGT 2022, an episode in! (Image: ITV)

Britain’s Got Talent is back for 2022 and fans have had to wait over two years for the show to return after Covid put the brakes on the 2021 series.

When the show returns, fans can expect the usual stunning acts, unforgettable moments and of course the Golden Buzzer.

Hitting the golden buzzer is always a big moment at BGT, but what exactly does that mean? Here we explain how the Golden Buzzer works…

How does the Golden Buzzer work on BGT?

If an act gets the Golden Buzzer, they are guaranteed to go straight to the live semi-finals, bypassing the bootcamp stages.

This is the case even if every other judge has given them the red buzzer.

The Golden Buzzer can be pushed by the four judges – Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon – as well as hosts Ant and Dec.

How many times can the Golden Buzzer be used?

Each judge receives one Golden Buzzer per series, and Ant and Dec also share a selection of Golden Buzzers.

A total of five Golden Buzzer acts can be selected.

Amanda Holden was the first to use her golden buzzer act this year, sending Loren Allred through.

While viewers were no doubt impressed by Loren Allred, opinions were divided about giving her the Golden Buzzer after it was revealed that she is a professional singer who appeared on the soundtrack for The Greatest Showman.

Jon Courtenay wins Britain's Got Talent

Jon Courtenay went from a Golden Buzzer audition to winning the show (Image: Dymond/Thames/Syco/REX)

In 2020, Ant and Dec’s golden buzzer act ended the winner of the series, Jon Courtenay.

Ant and Dec ran to the judges’ bench to buzz the comedian, who was performing a song about his two sons and his late father.

Britain’s Got Talent continues on ITV tonight at 19:35

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