The show judge, 45, stunned an audience by calling gifted singers the contest’s ‘boring bits’
Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams has admitted large parts of the show are “boring” – and says he is fed up of watching an endless stream of talented singers.
The star opened up about his role on the panel at a Q&A session in London, but surprised audience members by his frank admission that he finds some elements of the annual contest tedious.
Admitting the show is littered with “boring bits”, he explained: “The talented people bore me. If I hear another person singing Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston.
“It is so boring. I much prefer the untalented people who come on the show as opposed to those who are talented. I like an old man hoola-hooping. That is pure joy.
“It is a celebration of eccentricity and anyone can get up and have a go. Everyone has an uncle who can play the spoons or an aunty who can sing opera.”
But his remarks are likely to leave show boss Simon Cowell unimpressed after the music mogul selected a talented young singer as his favourite act of the series – awarding Sarah Ikumu, 15, his “Golden Buzzer” to send her straight through to the final rounds.
Her performance of Jennifer Hudson’s And I Am Telling You won rapturous applause from the studio audience and bookmakers made her one of the favourites to win the chance to perform at the Royal Variety Performance.
David also hinted at his frustration with co-star Simon’s timekeeping, saying the team are forced to endure “lots of waiting around” because of his habit of turning up late.
He added: “Simon Cowell does not like to get out of bed until 4pm which means the whole show is thrown into chaos every day as we start late and there are children who need to go to bed and there are people who need to get a plane back somewhere.
“When we are in somewhere like Manchester, the audience are there at 2pm, he rolls up at 4pm and we start at 6pm.”
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In the Q&A session with businessman Sir David Tang, David, 45, also urged show bosses to consider hiring another comedian to join the panel – suggesting Peter Kay or Alan Carr – and hinted he hopes to reunite with his former comedy partner Matt Lucas.
The Little Britain duo met while both at the National Youth Theatre in the 1990s, and formed a successful pairing before Lucas relocated to America – ending their working relationship.
But David added: “Of course we would love to work together again. He is brilliantly talented. I would not be where I am today without him.
“I would love to work with him again but he moved to America so that made working with him a little more complicated. I am sure we will one day.”