Britain’s Got Talent is back tonight as the Judges trawl the length and breadth of the UK in search of Britain’s best talent in the first of the auditions shows.
Hosted by the award-winning Ant & Dec, Simon Cowell is joined on the exciting new panel by comedian David Walliams; singer, songwriter Alesha Dixon; and returning Judge, Amanda Holden.
Recently David Walliams was interviewed about the sixth series of BGT and this is what he had to say:
How are you finding your new job as a Judge on BGT?
I’m loving it. It’s kind of easy and hard at the same time – it’s a weird one. You can’t prepare anything because you are just reacting to people. In a way that makes it easy, but it also makes it hard because you really have to think on your feet the whole time to have a response. When people are brilliant and when people are terrible, it’s easy to know what to say, it’s when people are in the middle that it’s hard.
What appealed to you most about the role?
I’m a fan of the show and I’m a fan of Simon’s. I never thought I would be part of one of his shows, but Simon asked me, and then asked me again and I thought ‘I don’t necessarily think I’ll be good at this, but Simon thinks I’ll be good, and he tends to know what’s what’, so I decided to give it a go. The role felt natural straight away. I thought the most important thing would be to make the audience laugh and make Simon laugh. If Simon didn’t find me funny it wouldn’t work. The audience love Simon but because he’s so successful they want to see him teased a bit as well. So I’m really enjoying winding up Simon. It’s fun. I just wish I was sitting a bit nearer to him!
Had you ever worked with anyone on the panel before and how have you all got on?
I’d never met Amanda. I’d met Alesha because I’d been to see Strictly Come Dancing with my mum a couple of times and I’d met Simon but I didn’t know him well. So it’s all been new to me. We are like a family in that we get on really well but we disagree at times as well, which is good. It would be boring if we all said yes to the same acts. I’d worked with Ant & Dec before. One of my first jobs in TV was writing scripts for them when they did The Ant & Dec Show, so I’ve known them for years. I’m looking forward to the live shows because I’ll get to see a bit more of Ant & Dec.
Have you been surprised by some of the talent coming through?
The experience of sitting here as a Judge is very much like watching it at home in that you have no idea whether people are going to be good or bad. We sometimes have pre-conceptions of people that end up being completely wrong, which is what keeps it so interesting.
Have you found yourself wanting to join in with some of the acts?
I’m a shameful exhibitionist so if there’s any chance to get up on stage I’m there! I was really excited by one of the acts so I went up on stage and joined them for a song. It was a bit like The Generation Game because I didn’t know what I was doing, but it was fun.
Without giving too much away, what have been some of the best acts during the auditions?
There was a singing duo that really stood out. We weren’t necessarily expecting a lot but they really blew us away. The thing I love about this show is that you really share the experience with the audience. When an act is really good you feel it in the room, everyone gets up on their feet. We’ve seen some great young comics, although it’s hard to find a comedian that everyone thinks is funny. I’m really hoping the comedians do well, but it’s hard for a comedian because they have to get through quite a lot of material as they progress to the live shows.
And the worst?
There was a performing pest controller; he was one of the worst. And there was a guy who sang a song for his girlfriend that didn’t work.
What type of act would you like to see win?
I’d like the winner to do something that we’ve never seen before and for them to be undeniably talented. There’s something really thrilling about seeing someone and being completely in awe of them because you know you can never do it yourself.
If you were to enter Britain’s Got Talent, what would your act be?
I would like to come on as a comic character. Not many people seem to have done that and characters can be really funny. Characters can go further than people can, for example Dame Edna can say things that Barry Humphries wouldn’t be able to get away with.
What advice would you give to the Live Finalists?
It depends on the type of act but the best thing is to enjoy it. Performing should always be enjoyable. You’re not going to enjoy it if you’re tense.
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