David Walliams is stepping in for Neil Patrick Harris on this year’s Australia’s Got Talent (Picture: Getty)

David Walliams is set to replace Neil Patrick Harris as a judge on the new series of Australia’s Got Talent.

The 50-year-old Little Britain star is due to travel Down Under later this month to film after production was delayed by two years due to Covid.

He’ll join fellow panellists Alesha Dixon, Shane Jacboson and Kate Ritchie.

‘All the Australians I’ve met have been very outgoing, so I don’t expect them to be as shy as British people are sometimes,’ David said ahead of production kicking off.

‘People have had much more time than usual to work on their acts, so I’m expecting the standard to be really high.

‘If its anything like BGT, there will be great excitement when people first step out on the stage, as many people haven’t done that for a very long time.’

David will be flying out to Australia later this month, according to reports (Picture: ITV)

Neil won’t be returning to the series (Picture: Getty)

He continued: ‘A show like Got Talent brings the whole family together and you want to watch it as it happens.’

A source close to production claimed to Daily Mail Australia that LA-based Neil turned down the opportunity to return to the series because he wasn’t happy with his previous trip.

Before Australia’s Got Talent gets underway though the Britain’s Got Talent finale is set to air tonight (Sunday, June 5).

A singer from The Greatest Showman soundtrack and a teenage comedian are among the contestants competing to be crowned the winner of Britain’s Got Talent on Sunday.

David will be joined by Alesha Dixon (far right) for Australia’s Got Talent (Picture: Rex)

The winner will scoop a £250,000 prize, as well as a spot on the bill at the Royal Variety Performance.

Across the past week, acts have battled it out in five live semi-finals with five acts put through after receiving the most audience votes and the other five voted through by the judges.

The acts who made it through to the final include singer Lauren Allred, the voice behind the track Never Enough from The Greatest Showman, who impressed the judges on Thursday with an emotional performance of You Say by Lauren Daigle.

She will go up against 14-year-old comedian Eva Abley, who previously left the judges and audience in stitches of laughter with her comedic timing by poking fun at her cerebral palsy condition which affects her speech and movement.

They will face the dance group Five Star Boys – made up of boys between the ages of 10 and 12 who hope to encourage other young boys to dance.

Singer Tom Ball will also compete in the final after receiving the most audience votes during Wednesday’s semi-final following his powerful rendition of Rise Like A Phoenix by Eurovision star Conchita Wurst.

While Ventriloquist Jamie Leahey, 13, secured a place with his impressive routine alongside his puppet chicken Chuck.

Comedian Axel Blake, who was Simon Cowell’s golden buzzer act, secured a spot in the final with his quick-witted routine during Friday’s semi-final.

Schoolboy Aneeshwar Kunchala, seven, also landed a place after he won over hearts with his poetry about the environment.

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Also joining the finale line-up are busker Maxwell Thorpe, impressionist Ben Nickless and musical duo Flintz and Taylor.

It was also announced on Saturday that Amber and The Dancing Collies had been chosen out of all the third place act from the semi-finals to join the final line-up as the ‘wildcard act’.

Australia’s Got Talent is coming soon to Channel Seven and 7Plus.

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