Simon Cowell has officially confirmed that he will be returning for the 2013 series of Britain’s Got Talent.

The 53-year-old music mogul also confirmed that David Walliams, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and hosts Ant & Dec will also be returning to the reality talent show.

Cowell said: "I loved doing the show last year, the new panel worked really well and I'm very happy they have all agreed to come back.

"Last year was a special year for talent and I hope that in 2013, off the back of an amazing year for Britain, we find another global star."

Meanwhile, Walliams joked: "My Simon and I are going to be together again. I'm delighted to confirm I will be a judge on Britain's Got Talent again next year. I am so happy I could cry."

A new twist to this year's show is that members of the public can act as Star Scouts and recommend unsigned talent for the show. If a Star Scout finds the winning act, they will be given £10,000.