David Walliams hopes Simon Cowell 'never gets a knighthood'

Will they ever kiss and make up?

The new series of Britain’s Got Talent is just around the corner and already the gloves are off between a certain two judges.

And it’s comic David Walliams who has taken the first punch, quipping that Simon Cowell is “peeved” that hosts Ant and Dec have OBEs when he hasn’t received the knighthood he believes he deserves. Harsh.

He went on to say that it would be “annoying to have to call him Sir Simon”, and hopes it never happens.

David joked: “Simon definitely thinks he should have a knighthood. I don’t know why, I don’t know what he thinks he’s done. Maybe by just being famous for long enough.

“What he doesn’t realise is you have to do something positive, you can’t just spread evil and think that you’ll get one. So I think he’s a bit peeved about it.

“I think he thinks he was going to get one at one stage. Who knows, though it would be annoying to have to call him Sir Simon, I wouldn’t like that, so I really hope it doesn’t happen."

Ant and Dec

The pair’s love-hate banter is well known in the TV talent show – but this is very much in good faith, with David admitting their relationship is like that of brothers.

Let's be honest, they are just as bad as each other, so the only casualty is ever likely to be the occasional bruised ego.

David said: “Simon seems to have been in a really good mood this year. Sometimes we just spend the whole time winding each other up and being really competitive but this year Stephen Mulhern actually said we’re like brothers this year because we’re actually getting on fine.

“It’s nice working with the same people for a long period of time because you really get to know each other. It gets very comfortable, we can argue with each other and it doesn’t get personal, that’s important.”

Britain's Got Talent is back on our screens for series 11 on April 15 at 8pm on ITV. Joining Simon and David are Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon as judges.

The pre-recorded audition rounds will come first, followed by the live shows – which David is most looking forward to.

“The live shows are exciting because they are live and anything can happen, things go wrong, there have been stage invasions so who knows what’s going to happen,” he said.

And for the contestants who get through, David is very clear about what he is looking for.

“I think people often confuse talent for entertainment value,” he said. “Someone can be hugely entertaining without being necessarily that talented.

“Just another person singing a Whitney Houston song, in the style of Whitney Houston, can be boring because we’ve seen that. Whereas someone who’s a bit madcap and does something you’ve never seen before can be a lot more entertaining.

“It’s interesting when someone comes on and has a good voice, does a good, competent version of a pop song, but leaves [the audience] cold. Then someone can come on who’s daft and gets them on their feet. That’s what I like about the show. So, for me, entertainment value is more important.”

This year’s winner will win a cool £250,000 and the opportunity to perform at the Royal Variety Performance 2017.

Britain's Got Talent is back on our screens for series 11 on April 15 at 8pm on ITV.

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