Alesha Dixon has paid tribute to former judging colleague David Walliams following his departure from Britain's Got Talent by declaring she will miss him "dearly".
The pair have been judges together on the ITV talent show for a decade, with singer Alesha, 44, and comedian David, 51, both joining the judging panel in 2012.
David was absent from the first auditions for the new series on Tuesday (January 24), in the wake of him apologising for making "disrespectful comments" about contestants in the past.
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Strictly Come Dancing's Bruno Tonioli, 67, has filled his vacancy on the judging panel at the auditions at the London Palladium, after he was confirmed as David's replacement.
Following the first auditions, Alesha has paid tribute in Instagram to her former co-star, writing in a post: "Thank you for 10 amazing years on bgt," adding: "I love you very much and will miss you dearly."
Alesha made the remarks alongside a picture of herself and David, showing her wearing an eye-catching white dress and him a blue suit.
It comes following Bruno's debut on the judging panel, with him having joined fellow judges Alesha, Simon Cowell, 63, and Amanda Holden, 51, at the initial auditions.
He was snapped alongside them, as well as the show's presenters Ant McPartlin, 47, and Dec Donnelly, also 47, while filming the show.
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Bruno said about his new job: "I am so excited. I have no idea what's going to happen, but I'm sure it's going to be brilliant."
David, known for shows such as Little Britain, apologised last year following reports of a leaked transcript that included alleged remarks by the judge about some contestants.
He said in a statement: "I would like to apologise to the people I made disrespectful comments about during breaks in filming for BGT in 2020."
The comedian said they had been "private conversations" which were "never intended to be shared", adding: "Nevertheless, I am sorry".
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