Simon Cowell wants extra Britain’s Got Talent auditions

Simon Cowell may have stepped down from the Britain’s Got Talent panel this year, but the X Factor boss is still calling the shots on the ITV show.

The 51 year old star has reportedly demanded that producers hold extra auditions for the show -which is due to air in a matter of weeks – because he is not impressed by the calibre of hopefuls so far.

Insiders say that Cowell has demanded David Hasselhoff, Michael McIntyre and Amanda Holden hit the road again and re-launch their quest to find the next Paul Potts or Susan Boyle.

An insider told the Daily Star newspaper: “Cowell’s announcement is going to turn the show on it’s head.”

The judging panel – Amanda Holden, Michael McIntyre and David Hasslehoff – have already selected their favourite contestants for the live semi-final stage of the competition, which Simon is also expected to judge.

However, the TV boss is also keen for them to cast their nets even further and trawl through thousands of online auditions on YouTube in the hope of discovering a hidden talent, after a whole host of stars – including teen singing sensation Justin Bieber – have been catapulted to fame via the video sharing website.

The source added: “Simon thinks this will be an exciting new dimension for the younger generation.”

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