Britains Got Talent judge Amanda Holden paid tribute to magician David Watson who was found dead in his home at the age of 62.
David auditioned for the show a record 12 times from 2008-2020, reaching the second round for the first time on his last attempt.
The impressionist turned magician has been found died at his Manchester home last Thursday after police forced entry to his home over concerns from David’s family over missed calls.
A source said: “His family could not reach him for a few days. He was not picking up and his Whatsapp messages were still not being read.
Amanda, who has been on the show since season one, took to Instagram to pay tribute to David.
‘So sad to hear that @davidjwatsonbgt has passed away. He was always ready to laugh and play such a great sport on @bgt. He will be missed, ”she wrote.
Michael Le Vel of Coronation Street, who plays Kevin Webster, was a close friend of David’s and they reportedly met once a week at the pub for drinks.
David was a jack of all trades on the talent show, becoming a fan favorite as he tried everything from masquerading as Tony Blair to dancing as the Hulk in the hopes of getting out of it.
Previously speaking to Manchester Evening News, David has revealed why he enjoys appearing on the show over the years.
“My very first audition was in 2007, but I never made it.
“A lot of people think that the first time you go on TV is your first audition, but you have to audition again before you can even perform in front of the judges,” he said.
David continued, “I love being on the show. Being on TV is great because I’m recognized at Trafford Center and people ask me for a selfie – I feel very honored about that.
“Ant and Dec are always happy to see me again and I got on really well with Stephen Mulhern before they stopped doing Britain’s Got More Talent.”