Britain’s Got Talent: Joan Collins thinks David Walliams and Simon Cowell are the new Morcambe and Wise – Walliams inspires stroke victim to walk
Amongst the millions of viewers for Britain’s Got Talent on Saturday night there was also a lady you wouldn’t expect to be into the show, or Twitter for that matter.
But apparently Joan Collins OBE is into both. The professional diva was watching in her London home and was enjoying the show tremendously. Like most viewers she was especially fond of the David Walliams and Simon Cowell bromance.
She took to her Twitter to tell her viewers: “on @gottalent Simon Cowell and David Walliams – the new Morecombe & Wise?”
She later added: “Great TV, J Ross hysterical interview with Cowell & Walliams — what’s going on !!!”
Meanwhile, last weekend BGT judge Walliams took some time off from his TV duties and attended the Sport Relief Mile, where he surprised wheelchair user Alan Oliver.
Oliver, aged 71, was left paralysed down the left side of his body after a massive stroke six years ago and performed a minor miracle on Sunday when he took part in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile along The Mall in London.
Chatting with David about his own swimming challenge struck a chord with Alan, and though after his stroke, Alan was told that he was unlikely to ever walk again, motivated by David, he decided to attempt to walk at least 100 yards of the route, the furthest he has attempted since his stroke.
Alan explains: “I used to swim in the Thames when I was a kid so I was willing David on during his challenge. His swim was so impressive that it inspired me to crack on with my rehabilitation treatment and I thought, ‘What can I do to help someone else?’ When I saw an advert for the Sport Relief Mile I thought, ‘I’m going to train for that’. I can’t do the whole mile but my aim was to walk 100 yards which is a long way for me. Now it looks as though I might be able to do 300 to 400 yards.
David stood by at the starting to encourage his new fan and gave him some final words of encouragement.
David said: “Alan is proof that we can all rise to our own personal challenge. That’s the beauty of Sport Relief, everyone can set a goal and do their bit, and to see thousands of people doing just that here at the Mile is fantastic. I’m especially honoured to have been here to cheer on Alan – he’s achieved something truly inspiring today.”
An emotional David later took to his Twitter to tell his followers: “I saw my mate Alan at the Sport Relief mile in London this morning. He is 71, had a stroke and is in a wheelchair but still wanted to do his bit. What a hero.”
This post was written by Britain’s Got Talent and Big Brother uber fan Daniel Cohen. Catch up with him on Twitter here.