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Seven TV shows taking applications for next year

PUBLISHED: 19:10 04 October 2018

Britain's Got Talent judges David Walliams, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell judge acts in Blackpool. Picture: TOM DYMOND/THAMES/SYCO/REX SHUTTERSHOCK

Britain's Got Talent judges David Walliams, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell judge acts in Blackpool. Picture: TOM DYMOND/THAMES/SYCO/REX SHUTTERSHOCK

From game shows, to talent competitions and the increasingly popular reality dating series - there are hundreds of ways to get your five minutes of fame or win big cash prizes.

Love Island 2018 winners Jack Fincham and Dani Dyer on screen. Picture: ITVLove Island 2018 winners Jack Fincham and Dani Dyer on screen. Picture: ITV

Who knows, maybe you and your friend could walk away £50,000 richer or give Little Mix a run for their money?

Check out these seven TV shows that are already requesting applicants for their 2019 series.

Britain’s Got Talent

Do you have an unheard talent that will send David Walliams into hysterics or turn uptight Simon Cowell into mush?

Simon Cowell attending auditions for Britain's Got Talent at the Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre. Picture: JOE GIDDENS/PA ARCHIVE/PA IMAGESSimon Cowell attending auditions for Britain's Got Talent at the Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre. Picture: JOE GIDDENS/PA ARCHIVE/PA IMAGES

Britain’s Got Talent is the ultimate platform to showcase your talents however whacky they may be.

We’ve seen talking animals, upbeat dance acts, impressionists and even eye-popping. There’s even the chance to perform in front of her majesty if you are crowned the lucky winner.

Find out how to apply here as applications close on February, 7 2019, or pop along to the Regent Theatre on Saturday, October 6 to audition from noon to 4pm.

X Factor

Jennifer and Olly fight over an act.  Picture: ITVJennifer and Olly fight over an act. Picture: ITV

With an ever-changing judging panel, hilarious audition stages and debatable talents, the X Factor has continued to win over the nation for 14 series.

The fresh-faced panel now consists of Robbie Williams and wife Ayda Williams, alongside the show’s very own talent Louis Tomlinson and of course, Simon Cowell himself.

Up for grabs is a life-changing recording contract with Syco Records and the chance to perform to thousands at Wembley.

Applications are open to people aged 16 and over and you can apply online until June 28, 2019.

The Island with Bear Grylls

Think you’ve got what it takes to survive on a desert island? Channel 4’s hit TV show follows a group of strangers as they must fend for themselves on a remote island with only the clothes they arrive in and basic equipment. The series is hosted by British adventurer and TV presenter, Bear Grylls, and sees contestants tackle island life without any home comforts. If you think you could start a fire and could find, catch and kill your own food for up to six weeks, then sign up online to be in with a chance of winning the shows first ever prize.

Love Island

It’s been the most talked-about show to grace our screens this summer and even received more applications than Oxford and Cambridge put together.

Now in its fifth series, the show is looking for #loyal and lively singles prepared to win the hearts of the public in the hope of not getting ‘mugged off’ by other contestants.

If you’re ready for a summer in paradise and fancy gaining millions of new Instagram followers, apply online here. Applications close on April 30 2019 and participants must be 18 or over.

The Voice

Have you got the voice to make the judges’ chairs spin? Global music legends and coaches Olly Murs, Jennifer Hudson, Tom Jones and will.i.am will return once again to uncover the country’s hidden music talents. In a tense spin on musical chairs, the judges will have their backs to contestants and will only get to see them if they hit their button.

All music styles are welcome so make sure to apply for next year’s series to become The Voice 2019.

Take me Out

The king of dating puns Paddy McGuinness will return to send some cheeky chaps down the love lift and into the arms of 30 single women for the shows 11th series.

The single ladies get to judge the men and turn off their lights accordingly after three rounds showcase their looks, family background and any hidden talents.

If multiple women have their lights on in the final round, the power is then given to the gentleman in question. Whoever he chooses will then be whisked away to the Isle of Fernando’s. If you’re looking for love, apply here.

5 Gold Rings

Philip Schofield has returned to our screens, hosting the new family game show where every pixel counts. Two pairs will battle it out to win different amounts of money in each round, by placing gold rings onto a super size image beneath their feet, including calendars with missing dates, animals with missing body parts, flags and even maps.

Contestants must think fast, move quickly and work well in a team to walk away with a huge cash prize. Find out how to put your minds to the test online.

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