World’s Got Talent special may air next summer

Simon Cowell’s talent competition may launch a global special–titled World’s Got Talent, of course–that would air next summer on NBC, ITV, and elsewhere, and include acts from various international editions, including America’s Got Talent.

The series would “[feature] contestants picked from more than 80 countries staging Got Talent shows” and “be held at London’s Royal Albert Hall,” and possibly hosted by Ant and Dec, the UK version’s hosts, The Sun reports, adding that “ITV and US broadcaster NBC are on board and a major sponsor has been lined up to help fund it.”

That’s only slightly similar to World Idol, a competition between winners of the Idol franchise, which was broadcast in 2003 and caused some drama. Simon Cowell said he “hated” it, and it mostly fell flat in the US, where about 6.5 million people watched.

The paper quotes “a source close to” Simon who said, “This has been Simon’s dream. It will be the biggest reality show the world’s seen. There is a huge wealth of talent out there. The best acts cross language barriers.”

Simon’s Next Show: World’s Got Talent [The Sun]

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