Simon Cowell snubbed as neither The X Factor or Britain’s Got Talent are nominated for BAFTA TV Awards 2012
Simon Cowell has enough to be dealing with, between his ratings war with the BBC and his private life becoming public knowledge, thanks to Tom Bowers biography about his life, but now it seems that he can add another issue to the list.
The music mogul and his ITV shows have been snubbed by the BAFTA team, after they failed to attract even one nomination in the upcoming BAFTA TV Awards, which will take place next month.
It is the first year that Cowell hasn’t been tipped in the Best Entertainment Show category since 2007 and considering that last year was the first year that he missed the Britain’s Got Talent audition rounds and all of The X Factor UK, it seems that his absence has been noted by both viewers and the industry and impacted on the success of both shows.
It has been well documented that the ratings for both shows suffered last year, although Simon has returned to BGT this year and it is still struggling to keep ahead of BBC’s new talent series The Voice on Saturday nights.
The Voice’s first series launched just last month, so they won’t be eligible for the BAFTA’s until next year, though it will be interesting to see what happens if they go head to head with any of Cowell’s shows at that point. After it’s incredible ratings and fresh format impressed viewers over the last month, we’d be very surprised if they don’t attract a nomination in 2013.
Simon will be keen to make sure that the upcoming series of The X Factor is received better than the last and has promised to shake things up for the next run. However, most of the judging panel will remain the same, with officials already confirming that Gary Barlow and Tulisa Contostavlos will both be back. Louis Walsh has claimed that he has also already signed his contract, prior to the judges auditions next month, which only leaves the fate of Kelly Rowland as yet unknown.
Cowell will be glad to note though that the omission of The X Factor and BGT wasn’t the only snub in this year’s BAFTA’s list. Fans were also shocked to find out that ITV’s critically acclaimed period drama “Downton Abbey” was passed over in the Best Drama Series category, as was BBC show Sherlock.
In fact Downton only received one nomination overall, as Maggie Smith was named in the Best Supporting Actress list.