The search for the next Susan Boyle is set to begin on Saturday night as Britain’s Got Talent returns for its fourth series.

Once again Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan will be seen at auditions up and down the country as hopefuls perform for the chance to win a place in the next round.

At stake is a 100,000 pounds prize plus the chance to perform for the Queen at this year’s Royal Variety Performance.

Among this year’s early frontrunners is 10-year-old singer Chloe Hickinbottom who wowed the panel with her rendition of the Vera Lynn classic White Cliffs Of Dover.

Others who will be seen on Saturday’s show include a troupe of naked balloon dancers, a performer who burps songs and a former footballer turned dancer.

X Factor judge Louis Walsh will also appear, having stood in for Simon Cowell at the Birmingham auditions after he was struck down with flu.

Cowell has previously revealed that he wants an animal act to triumph this year. I want to find the next Lassie. I would like a talented dog act to win,” he said.

Last year’s series was won by the dance troupe Diversity, while runner up Susan Boyle became a global star after her first audition.