Ant and Dec pay tribute to late BGT contestant and say they will miss him

Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly have paid tribute to former Britain's Got Talent contestant David Watson, who passed away aged 62.

David, who auditioned for the ITV talent show 11 times, was said to have been found dead at his home in Altrincham, Greater Manchester, last Thursday.

And presenters Ant and Dec took to Twitter on Tuesday with the message: "So sorry to hear this. We looked forward to seeing David every year and enjoy what he would create for us.

"All of us at #BGT will miss him. Our thoughts are with his friends and family," the I'm A Celebrity hosts added.

Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden also shared a tribute on her Instagram story.

As she posted a picture of David, Amanda, 50, wrote: "So sad to hear that @davidjwatsonbgt has passed away.

"He was always up for a laugh and such good sport on @bgt We will miss him".

It's understood that police were called to David's property after his family raised concerns as he was not responding to calls or messages.

Retired NHS worker David's death is reportedly not being treated as suspicious.

A source told The Sun: "His family couldn't get hold of him for a few days.

"He wasn't picking up, and his Whatsapp messages were all still unread."

Comedian and magician David first appeared on TV screens in Britain's Got Talent in 2008, where he impersonated Tony Blair, William Hague and David Blunkett.

He later returned to the BGT stage to audition ten more times and became a favourite auditionee on the series.

Speaking about his experience on the ITV talent show, David previously told Manchester Evening News: "My first ever audition was back in 2007, but I never got through.

"A lot of people think the first time you get on TV is your first audition, but you've got to pass another audition before you even get to perform for the judges."

He added: "I just love being on the show. To be on TV is very good because I get recognised in the Trafford Centre and people ask me for a selfie – I feel pretty honoured about it.

"Ant and Dec are always pleased to have me back, and I used to get on very well with Stephen Mulhern before they stopped doing Britain's Got More Talent."

In 2020, David made it to the second round of the audition stage after his magic act.

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