Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden has said that the latest series is finally giving viewers a chance to see the real Simon Cowell – thanks to the presence of David Walliams.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s final the 41-year-old said that having the Little Britain comedian on the panel had brought out Cowell’s sense of humour.

“I am loving David’s naughtiness!” Amanda admitted. “But what I am enjoying more is that everyone is getting to see the Simon we have all known for years but he has never let the audience see! Someone who can laugh at himself and someone who has the weirdest/darkest sense of humour!

“He is literally snorting with laughter next to me every night! Its brilliant to see him happy!”

Alesha Dixon, meanwhile, was also enthusiastic about her time on the series – and added that she would love to return next year if asked.

“I’d jump at the chance,” she said. “I’ve loved all the banter between the Judges and all the crazy dancing in our seats during performances – that never happened on Strictly Come Dancing!

“Britain’s Got Talent is amazing; it’s end-of-pier, crazy and credible. Acts like Ryan and The Loveable Rogues give the show a contemporary and cool feel. I’ve had the time of my life.”

And it looks likely that Alesha will be back, as Cowell has indicated that he is keen to keep the current panel for the next series.

The mogul described Alesha as “a breath of fresh air”, Amanda as “great fun”, and David Walliams as “the weirdest person I’ve ever worked with,” but added, “we’ve become great friends. He’s a brilliant judge.”

“The chemistry has worked really well,” he said. “It’s been one of the most fun panels I’ve ever worked with.”