Simon Cowell has created an Afghan version of Britain’s Got Talent and is currently looking for celebrity judges to join the panel for the show, set to air this autumn.

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A source told The Sun: “Simon has always believed Got Talent can work anywhere, because, no matter where you are, people have amazing talents.

“There may be a war raging in Afghanistan, but people are still living their lives and they enjoy watching TV just like anyone else.”

Ratings have been strong for BGT and its American counterpart since Cowell launched the show in 2006, and spin-offs have since been created in 57 countries in total, including Australia, China and Germany.

The new Afghan format is likely to allow British troops stationed in military bases to audition for the chance of winning the big cash prize.

The insider added: “Rules are being drawn up but there is a possibility troops will be allowed to enter, assuming they can get permission.”