Britain's Got Talent prize halved – Daily TV round-up

Winner will get £250,000 instead of the £500,000 Ashleigh and Pudsey got last year

The prize for winning 'Britain's Got Talent' has been halved, according to reports.

Last year's winners Ashleigh and Pudsey scooped £500,000 for winning the competition, after show boss Simon Cowell upped the original prize fund.

The show used to pay £100,000 to the winner, but after the 2011 show was criticised by fans, Cowell himself put the prize up to £500,000.

This year's winners will get £250,000, as this year Cowell has said that he won't be putting up his own money.

A source at the talent show told The Sun that 'half a million was a massive prize ― one of the biggest on telly. But it was only supposed to be for one year'.

Some contestants on the show have gone on to make millions from the exposure, notably singers Susan Boyle and Paul Potts.

There is even a film of Potts' story being made by The Weinstein Company, starring James Corden as Potts, directed by 'The Devil Wears Prada' helmsman David Frankel.

It also stars Mackenzie Crook, Julie Walters, Colm Meaney and is rumoured to be featuring a cameo role from Cowell as himself. [The Sun]

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