David Walliams stands in for Jennifer Lopez at Britain’s Got Talent & launches Save the Children campaign

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During the long hours of runthroughs and waiting ahead of Britain’s Got Talent live shows, David Walliams keeps the acts and crew entertained.

Always the first to arrive, David shares a talk, and often a joke with everyone. Today David entertained the crowd by standing in for tonight’s musical guest: Jennifer Lopez.

“OMG! Which judge is standing in for @JLo during our camera rehearsal?!?” the BGT team tweeted.

Fans rightly guessed that this could only be one person. The team later added:

“Even though you made a wonderful @JLo, @DavidWalliams, we weren’t fooled by the rocks that you got. #BGT”

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We might just like to see this more then actual JLo!! David himself added:

“Bloody hell @JLo is on tonight’s #BGT ‘Out of Sight’ is one of my favourite movies. I think I might cry.”

Meanwhile, David is also supporting a new Save the Children charity campaign. Children’s authors, including David, are launching a campaign today to persuade governments to step up aid to combat malnutrition which blights the life chances of millions of children.

The move follows a report by the Save the Children charity which shows the lack of a nutritious diet can severely harm a child’s ability to read and write and answer basic maths questions correctly.

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The authors will lobby heads of government of the G8 countries to give priority to providing extra support to combat malnutrition. They are meeting in London on 8 June for a special summit on nutrition hosted by David Cameron.

Save the Children’s report, based on research in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam, suggests that, by the age of eight, malnourished children are 19 per cent more likely to make a mistake reading a simple sentence like “I like dogs” or “the sun is hot” than children whose growth is not stunted. It also focuses on the economic consequences of malnutrition, estimating that the global impact could be up to $125bn (£80bn) a year. Brendan Cox, of Save the Children, said:

“I think we were quite surprised by the scale of the impact malnutrition can have.”

“Being less malnourished was associated with higher school aspiration, self-efficacy and self-esteem. Children who were stunted at age five scored on average 7 per cent worse on a maths test three years later.”

Justin Forsyth, the chief executive of Save the Children, said: “These findings confirm … that poor nutrition is capable of seriously damaging a child’s life chances before he or she even sets foot in a classroom.”

The other authors, include Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond, Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials) and Julia Donaldson (The Gruffalo).

Britain’s Got Talent returns at 7.30, ITV1 tonight.

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