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Britain’s Got Talent: David Walliams jokes Ashley Banjo is ‘filling Simon Cowell’s slot’ and TMI, hun


Apparently, Ashley Banjo is ‘filling Simon Cowell’s seat’ on the BGT panel (Picture: ITV)

David Walliams says new Britain’s Got Talent judge Ashley Banjo is filling Simon Cowell’s vacant seat on the panel quite nicely, thanks for asking.

The diversity star joined Little Britain star David, as well as Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon to hold down the fort while the music mogul recovers from his back injury.

And on the first BGT semi-final, David was full of praise for the new addition, in more ways than one it seems.

Hosts Ant and Dec asked the comic how he felt now that ‘his Simon’ is taking a little break for the show, and he seemed actually thrilled at the prospect.

‘Simon who?’ David joked. ‘We’ve got Ashley Banjo filling Simon’s slot and he’s going to do an amazing job.

‘I mean, what does Simon Cowell do? He just says no to people, anyone could do that.’

He continued: [Ashley’s] got talent! I thought it was going to be Louis Walsh!’

Ashley’s right at home (Picture: ITV)

Yes, thank you David, a reminder for us all to count our blessings.

Tonight’s semi-final will be the first episode of Britain’s Got Talent since its summer break, necessitated by production delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Joining the judges will be dance group Urban Turtles and 12-year-old Fayth Ifil, who was Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer act at the auditions.

Basically, no pressure.

And just in case we all handily forgot about the massive global pandemic, luckily comedian Steve Royce will drop a Covid joke into his routine tonight.

Britain’s Got Talent returns tonight at 8pm on ITV.

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