David Hasselhoff: BGT contestants must have 'charisma'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 18 May 2011
David Hasselhoff

David Hasselhoff

David Hasselhoff has revealed he looks for contestants with ''charisma'' on 'Britain's Got Talent'

David Hasselhoff looks for "charisma" when judging 'Britain's Got Talent'.

The 58-year-old actor - who sits on the panel of the ITV1 show with Michael McIntrye and Amanda Holden - claims he is a good judge of character and values certain qualities in contestants, rather than talent.

He explained to Now magazine: "I can pick people out of a crowd and know exactly the person I need to talk to. And I can tell when someone is having me on. I'm pretty good at that.

"I try to vote people through on charisma. People either have it or they don't - sometimes they're not the best singers or the best entertainers, but they're magnetic when you look at them. You can't draw your eyes away.

"Those are the kind of people I cast in 'Baywatch' and those are the ones I think will have longevity as stars."

The eccentric star is looking forward to show chief Simon Cowell returning to the competition for the live stages starting on May 30th, and says viewers can expect some rows although he insists they are good friends.

He said:"I'm looking forward to sparring with him. Simon was my A&E guy back in 1993 and we used to have some pretty heated arguments about my singing.

"So you'll be seeing a few slings and arrows going back and forth. But we're actually really good friends. Simon's come to my defence a few times when I've needed him and I'm always there for him."

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