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'Britain's Got Talent' tour axed over ticket sales fears?

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The Britain's Got Talent tour has reportedly been axed this year.

Bosses decided to scrap the annual roadshow after disappointing sales for last year's tour, The Sun reports.

Britain's Got Talent Semi-Final 5: The Judges : Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams

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Producers, who blamed poor ticket sales in 2011 on a lack of interest in winner Jai McDowall, believe the current economic climate means families will struggle to pay for the £35 tickets.

"It costs £140 for a family of four without the booking fee, refreshments and travel. In the current climate, no-one can afford it," an insider said.

"It doesn't help that the last couple of series have been a bit lackluster. No-one wanted to risk empty seats again."

'Britain's Got Talent' Semi-Final 3: The Loveable Rogues

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Britain's Got Talent: Ashleigh and Pudsey are the first act through to the final.

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Meanwhile, Simon Cowell admitted that he wants the Britain's Got Talent panel to stay the same next year.

"The chemistry has worked really well - it's been one of the most fun panels I've ever worked with," he said.

He described Alesha Dixon as "a breath of fresh air", Amanda Holden as "great fun" and declared David Walliams "the weirdest person I've ever worked with but we've become great friends. He's a brilliant judge."

ITV is expected to earn £9m in advertising fees during tonight's final, charging up to £150,000 for a 30-second commercial.

Watch a video of Britain's Got Talent winner Ashleigh Butler talk about taking Pudsey to Hollywood below:

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