IF prizes were given for determination, then Britain’s Got Talent contestant David J. Watson would get a gold.

The West Timperley-based actor and entertainer has just made his tenth audition for the top television show.

But despite failing to get to the next stage once again, the judges gave him a standing ovation.

And so popular is the 62-year-old, that spin-off show Britain’s Got More Talent devoted an eight minute segment to his story.

“I can’t believe how ten years has gone so quickly,” said David, who was wearing his customary gold lame jacket with Union Flag-patterned trousers and tie.

During an interview he revealed he was a “free agent” and that his ideal women included Joanna Lumley and Diana Rigg from The Avengers.

He also revealed a soft spot for newsreader Julie Ethchingham who he said he would like to go swimming with.

Judge David Walliams described it as “the return of a legend”, and Alesha Dixon said: “ I love people who never give up and you are a testament to that.”

Amanda Holden was less impressed and told him: “For me it was like a celebration of rubbish,” which prompted boos from the audience.

Although head judge Simon Cowell put his head in his hands during the audition, he shocked the audience by voting for him and added: “You are arguably one of the nicest contestants we’ve had over the years.”

But despite the best efforts of presenter Steven Mulhern - who David describes as his “best friend” - the female judges witheld their votes.

For his latest audition, David reprised some of his “greatest hits” from previous appearances.

These included an impression of David Blunkett, jumping out of a box wearing a Hulk mask, and donning a blonde wig and pink dress to eat a chilli.

His climax was an impression of Donald Trump which Walliams describe as “uncanny”.

Commiserating with him, Walliams said: “There is always next year.”

David, who has vowed to audition again r, said: "I love the show and making people happy,"