Things are heating up behind the scenes at Britain’s Got Talent and it seems that the gloves are off and the ITV team are desperate to beat The Voice when they launch on Saturday night.
Both reality TV shows will go head to head with their series premieres in just six days time and Simon Cowell has admitted that while is pulling out all the stops to make sure he wins the weekend ratings war, he says people should not be deceived by Beeb bosses.
Although the TV boss confessed that he only asked Alesha Dixon to join BGT and move from Strictly Come Dancing so he could ‘get back’ at the channel for triumphing over The X Factor last autumn, he insisted that BBC bosses are every bit as competitive as he is.
In a new interview with The Daily Mail, Cowell said:
“The BBC always said they are not there to compete, which is a complete load of rubbish! They are the most competitive people I’ve ever met. I don’t dislike them for it but you’ve got to be honest.”
The music mogul continued:
“They throw everything at Strictly for one reason only – to beat The X Factor – and they are putting The Voice on to compete with Got Talent. It was only right I did something back to them.”
“We pinched Alesha. In the grand scheme of things that’s fun, that’s not being ruthless. It’s just evening the score.”
We are sure that Alesha won’t be best pleased to find out that she is just a pawn in the ratings war and that realistically, Simon didn’t hire her for her own talent or personality, but for the impact he could have against his rivals.
Meanwhile, the former Mystique singer has admitted that she thinks fans of Britain’s Got Talent will love the final 45 acts they have chosen for the live shows.
She told The Sun:
“We have our final 45. It’s very exciting. You will be happy. I’m very happy.”
Last year the judges had 41 acts on the live show, the year before 40, so 45 will be the most performers yet on a BGT series.
On what we can expect from our finalists, Cowell recently insisted that the chosen ones will be more ‘cool’ than in previous years.
“It’s not all about people singing opera and little girls singing White Cliffs Of Dover, which I’ve heard over and over again.”
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