Yesterday saw the last of the 2013 Britain’s Got Talent London auditions. The tryouts ran very late with Simon Cowell arriving hours behind schedule. During this time David Walliams spent hours outside talking and joking with the fans, trying to make up for the head judge’s tardiness. When Cowell eventually arrived, slipping throuugh the back-door, the music mogul actually tried to pin his lateness on his co-star.
The crowd, fully aware of the truth (the crew informed them that Simon had delayed everything) booed the music mogul, much to his surprise. David later treated some of the audience to some jaffa cakes, thinking they might be hungry after waiting for so long. One fan Tweeted David saying:
“you are the nicest judge soo nice to r fans not like Simon making us wait in the cold.”
Presenters Ant and Dec tried to photo the judges with their pet penguin Percy (with David doing a very naughty pose) but Simon refused. He did tell the audience he was serious about looking for a performing cat though.
The talent was a little less striking throughout the afternoon, except for, wait for it: A performing raccoon!! It was a tough act to follow up for everyone. Alesha Dixon was blown away by a “ a very booty-licious act”, there was a funny impressionist, while an acrobatics act led David to ask Simon if he could do it too.
A hit with the audience was Dec’s amazing dancing, following another dance act but most of the entertainment came from the panel again. David was as funny as always, but a bit quieter then usual, especially during the second show. It was good to see Simon relaxed and game for a laugh, but he immediately took it a little to far.
An altercation between Simon and Amanda Holden made Amanda do a Sharon, throwing the contents of a glass of water over the judge. David immediately jumped into action and protected “his Simon”. Damon have completely made up after their altercations last week and stuck together for the entire night (bar one telling off from Simon). David even convinced Simon to try and introduce his glasses. It appears that Simon hasn’t been seeing properly for a while but has been afraid to show his glasses to the world.
Later, the pair left the studios together, cuddling up, with David trying to protect Simon from the paparazzi. David screamed “Simon don’t leave me” through Simon’s car window as the judge drove away. It was all so damn adorable.
With the female judges resting up for the next few days, there is no such luck for the boys. David was up again very early today, telling his fans:
“At the BBC today doing a readthrough of a new sit-com I have written with @DawsonBros. Very exciting.”
Simon deeply is involved in a number of business meetings.
Meanwhile Walliams revealed that he still finds judging hard sometimes.
“I do find it hard to say no to the performers, yeah, because if you’ve been an actor and you’ve auditioned for things and people have turned you down then you know that feeling,” he said.
“Simon’s never been turned down … by anyone … so he doesn’t know what that is like. But you have to be honest as well because it’s like feeding a stray dog.
“If someone hasn’t really got what it takes then you want to let them down gently.”
Walliams admits it was a “very easy” decision to return to the panel alongside Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon because he enjoys showing viewers what he is like when he is not in character.
Speaking at ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ auditions at the London Palladium, he added: “It was a very easy decision for me to come back to the panel because I’ve really enjoyed it and people see a different side of you at a show like this, especially if you’ve been acting and they’ve seen you in character and now they can see the real you … sort of!
“It’s great to have everyone back, you never know what’s going to happen. You always think someone might get taken out of shot, but it hasn’t happened.”
This post was written by guest blogger and reality TV showbiz observer Daniel Cohen. Catch up with him on Twitter here!