Britain's Got Talent judge David Walliams has revealed all the mischief he has been up to on the set of the show, explaining how he's even given Simon a lap dance backstage!
Simon invited David to join him, fellow new judge Alesha Dixon, and Amanda Holden on the judging panel this year, and David said it’s been quite the experience!
“I asked for some guidelines before the show started,” says David in this week's TV Buzz magazine, “and everyone was too scared to admit whether I was allowed to take the mick out of Simon.
"I just wanted to make sure he wasn’t sensitive about certain things. He was engaged [to make-up artist Mezhgan Hussainy] and now he’s not – so if that’s something that’s incredibly upsetting for him, you don’t want to make a joke out of it.”
The Little Britain comic continued: “But on day one of the auditions, the first act came on and I asked them what their dream would be. They said: ‘I’d really like to perform in front of the Queen’ so I said: ‘Well, here he is – go ahead!’ The audience laughed. And Simon laughed. And the producers laughed. So I thought: ‘This is gonna be fine, this is gonna work.’”
It sounds as though David and Simon have struck up more than a little bromance on the show, although it seems rather one sided.
David went on: “I keep inviting myself over to his house. He said I can come round and watch The Empire Strikes Back with him, but that hasn’t happened yet. We recently had to make a short journey from one of the auditions to watch an act perform outside. I said: ‘Please, please, please can I come in your Rolls Royce?!’ But he wouldn’t let me. I also lap-danced for him but he didn’t seem to enjoy it!”
David reveals to TV buzz: “I am fascinated with Simon. Alesha and Amanda are strong women who don’t let him get away with anything, but I’m under Simon’s spell – almost everything about him is fascinating.
"When I come home from work and see my wife Lara [Stone], all I ever talk about is Simon. He gave me some of the special bath milk he uses. He often goes home and has a bath between shows and smells lovely. So I bathed in it – it was like I was Simon for a day! Lara was completely unimpressed.”
But despite being a huge star with plenty of experience on the telly, David confessed: “I think I was more nervous than Alesha on the first day.
“Alesha had been a very successful judge on Strictly, while I’d never done anything like this before. But I have watched BGT religiously over the years. Lara and I both cried last year watching Ronan Parke singing that Adele song [Make You Feel My Love].”
Britain's Got Talent 2012 starts at 8PM on ITV1 tomorrow night.