The peeing contest between BGT and The Voice has of course been much publicized, and apparently, as Britain’s Got Talent moves into the live shows, Simon Cowell has ordered an overhaul of the show, fearing it looks “cheap and tacky.”
The Daily Star reports that as part of his shake-up of the show, Simon has resurrected his Mr Nasty when he and fellow judges, Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon, have to choose which acts will be axed and which will stay.
Simon will reportedly “blast” Amanda for “making up the rules” as she tells him which acts she wants to keep in the contest, and he’ll also tell Alesha that she “doesn’t have a clue”.
However, she’s apparently to retorts, “If that boy is not in then it’s a crime against talent.”
The paper adds, “A dress rehearsal a few days ago that featured some of the acts was panned by senior executives…
“It was so bad they did not even want to show Cowell, fearing he would blast them for making his programme look ‘cut-price’.”
A show insider revealed that the last minute alterations to the show were causing “pandemonium” backstage.
The source added, “We had a run through and the reaction wasn’t good.
“Everyone felt the staging, props and even the costumes were lacking in star quality.
“After all the rivalry between BGT and The Voice, no-one wanted to come out looking like a cheap and tacky show.
“Money has been pumped in and everyone was told to raise their game.
“We think the changes look much better.”
And the final order from on high was that nobody in the BGT studios was to mention rival show, The Voice.
The insider said, “The Voice is a dirty word. We’ve been told not to mention the name of the show.”