BGT: The Champions explosive first look unveils line-up and start date

A dramatic first look at Britain's Got Talent: The Champions has revealed the star-studded line-up.

Legends from the past 13 series of BGT will be competing to be crowned the ultimate champion.

But it's not just British stars, as international acts who took part in series of the show from around the world.

Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams will all be back on judging duties.

It has been officially confirmed that the special season will kick off on August 31 and last for six weeks.

The exclusive first look on Friday's Good Morning Britain started with much-loved presenters Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly.

The Geordie due are seen holding Union Jacks while surrounded by fire as they launch the series.

Next we get our first look at some of the contestants taking part, including series one singing champion Paul Potts.

Father-and-son duo Stavros Flatley are whipping off their shirts, while 2008 winner George Sampson also returns.

2011 champion Jai McDowall is back, as are 2014 winners Collabro, magician Ben Hart and dance duo Twist and Pulse.

Ashleigh Butler is returning without Pudsey, who sadly died two years ago and is being replaced by Sully.

Comedians Lost Voice Guy and Jack Caroll will also be bringing the laughs.

Reigning champion Colin Thackery will be belting out a song once again

Simon shouts: "You showed you're one of the best in the world.

The words on screen read: "For over six weeks the best of British will be taking on the world. Who will be crowned the ultimate champion?"

This comes after the Mirror revealed that Bosses were left fuming after the winners of the champions series were leaked early.

The champion showed off their victory to fans after finishing recording the final – while Mirror Online have opted not to expose the winner.

They stopped for selfies with fans and showed off the trophy – clearly not worried about facing the wrath of Simon Cowell.

A TV source exclusively told Mirror Online: "Producers are fuming about the result being given away – the show doesn't even have an air date yet.

"Posing with the trophy and cheering as they left filming clutching it really gave the game away especially as everyone knows the paps are outside."

Britain's Got Talent: The Champions starts on August 31 on ITV

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