Simon Cowell, Britain’s Got Talent Judge, Teases Unprecedented Twists in Upcoming Season, Expresses Concern About Stagnant Format

Simon Cowell, Britain’s Got Talent Judge, Teases Unprecedented Twists in Upcoming Season, Expresses Concern About Stagnant Format

Simon Cowell has teased that the news series is as exciting as ever and will have elements never seen before in previous series.

The music mogul admitted he is conscious of the show feeling ‘stale’ and is keen to always keep it feeling fresh with new twists.

According to sources at the time, Simon axed his successful ITV show, the X Factor, after accepting ‘the show had become slightly stale’ in the UK.

Reports in 2021 suggested that the singing show would be ‘shelved for five years’ and brought back if they found a way to revive it.

In a bid to stop Britain’s Got Talent suffering the same fate, Simon is keen to always introduce new elements to his Saturday night hit.

Simon Cowell, Britain’s Got Talent Judge, Teases Unprecedented Twists in Upcoming Season, Expresses Concern About Stagnant Format

Simon Cowell has teased that the news series is as exciting as ever and will have elements never seen before in previous series

The music mogul admitted he is conscious of the show feeling 'stale' and is keen to always keep it feeling fresh with new twists

The music mogul admitted he is conscious of the show feeling ‘stale’ and is keen to always keep it feeling fresh with new twists

Discussing this year’s series, he said: ‘It’s got a heart, great stories, things we’d never seen before, which is important because you don’t want to just keep repeating the same thing year on year. So overall, I couldn’t be happier.’

While there are going to be nine golden buzzers this year, Simon said there were ‘easily’ another 17 acts that deserved the accolade.

He explained: ‘I love that there aren’t any rules on the show anymore. It is kind of like being back at school, because the teachers keep coming in saying, ‘You know, can we try and keep the golden buzzers down?’

‘And they know we’ve got absolutely no intention whatsoever of doing that. I keep saying, ‘Look, if something happens or the audience in particular are telling us, then we kind of have to’. 

‘I think they secretly love when it happens, but they have to try and keep us in check! But I don’t think it matters. 

‘I mean, we don’t want to get to the point where you’ve got 20 golden buzzer acts, but I think eight or nine is fine, that’s one an episode and in one episode you’ll see two. I don’t see that as a bad thing.’

Despite the competition being so tough, Simon shared that all of the judges are in agreement about who may win the show this year.

He said: ‘When we were discussing the finals, we went round the room and said who we think might win and there was one person everyone gravitated towards. 

According to sources at the time, Simon axed his successful ITV show, the X Factor, after accepting 'the show had become slightly stale' in the UK (pictured on the show in 2006 with Sharon Osbourne)

According to sources at the time, Simon axed his successful ITV show, the X Factor, after accepting ‘the show had become slightly stale’ in the UK (pictured on the show in 2006 with Sharon Osbourne)

In a bid to stop Britain's Got Talent suffering the same fate, Simon is keen to always introduce new elements to his Saturday night hit

In a bid to stop Britain’s Got Talent suffering the same fate, Simon is keen to always introduce new elements to his Saturday night hit

‘It’s going to be interesting. I’m excited for this year, let’s see who the public picks as their winner.’

He also admitted that despite his decades of experience in the industry, he still doesn’t know what it takes to win over an audience.

Simon said: ‘I don’t know anymore. I genuinely don’t. I mean, if you had told me after his first audition that Viggo was going to win, I’d be like, “Yeah, right”. 

‘But then it happened. And the great thing about this show is it doesn’t matter. Whoever the public chooses, the public chooses, and I really think they get it right most years. I really, really do. There’s always someone I feel bad for, of course. But you can just never predict who the public will love.’

The X Factor format was still successful around the globe yet it seemed Simon had accepted in the UK ‘the show had become slightly stale’ and so reportedly decided to ‘shelve it’, with sources at the time claiming it was ‘unlikely’ to ever return.

A show insider told The Sun at the time: ‘Globally, it is still a phenomenon and rakes in millions every year. But in the UK, there is no question it has become slightly stale. 

‘Simon remains at the top of his game and knows how to make a hit. He owns the rights to the show, and it’s his call — not ITV’s — whether or not he drops it. 

‘Clearly the last thing he wants is for X Factor to fizzle out with a whimper and become a bit of a joke — especially in contrast to the show in its pomp.’ 

Britain’s Got Talent airs on ITV at 7.30pm on Saturday April 12 

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