Britain’s Got Talent 2014

Britain's Got Talent 2014

The eighth series of the reality competition will premiere on Saturday, April 12 at 7.15pm, ITV and Simon Cowell is back.

Got Talent sets Guinness World Record for most successful reality show as Simon Cowell thanks 'amazing talent'

Simon Cowell's creation has set a record after becoming the most popular reality show in the world. The show has set a Guinness World Record with 59 different versions being made in 58 different territories – including two in Belgium.

Cowell said: "I am very proud that Got Talent is a homegrown British show. We owe its success to a group of very talented producers all over the world who have made this happen. And, of course, amazing talent."

The previous record holder was the hit BBC ballroom show Strictly Come Dancing, which has been sold to 38 countries as Dancing With The Stars, including America, India, Japan and Chile.

The show has made stars of contestants including Susan Boyle, who has sold more than 20 million records since appearing in front of the judges.

Other acts who have benefited from the exposure include a Syrian dance troupe who appeared on Arabs Got Talent, an artist who painted with sand on Poland's Got Talent and an acrobatic sword swallower from Russia's Got Talent.