X Factor: Simon Cowell kind of slates Take That’s Gary Barlow & Nicole Scherzinger!

by Lisa McGarry
gary barlow, simon cowell

gary barlow, simon cowell

Simon Cowell has claimed that he’s coming back to rescue The X Factor, because Gary Barlow and the other new judges couldn’t match up to his incredibly high standards.

Simon Cowell reckons US talent TV is “a joke” – is he right or is it sour grapes?

The music mogul was speaking to The Sun on the red caret of Britain’s Got Talent yesterday and chatted about his big comeback to his other ITV show.

The dad-to-be is coming back to the UK, some would say with his tail between his legs, after his US X Factor series was cancelled due to abysmal ratings.

Both Fox and Cowell tried to save face when they announced the format was being ‘rested’ earlier this week but no one is under any illusions that the show under-performed, especially since Simon admitted in 2011 that he was expecting to draw in ratings of 20 million per episode but ended up struggling to attract a quarter of that.

The star is, of course trying to put a different spin on his return to Britain and he’s insisting he had to come back, to save the X Factor UK from it’s other panel.

simon cowell, kelly rowland

Gary Barlow replaced him at the judges’ table in 2011, before leaving in December of last year. Kelly Rowland replaced Cheryl Cole three years ago, but her seat was later filled by Nicole Scherzinger, who served two years as a mentor.

Simon told the newspaper that the new stars didn’t match up to his performance and explained:

“The judges weren’t as good as we were and that’s just the truth. They didn’t do a bad job, I just think we did a better job.”

He revealed that the X Factor peaked during his last series in 2010 and he wants to bring it back to it’s heyday for 2014.

“I kept thinking about that final year where we had Matt Cardle, One Direction and Cher Lloyd. That’s what I want X Factor to be,” he continued.

Denying claims that he’s only returning because his American efforts failed, Simon insisted that he ‘did a deal last year’ and was always intending to return to London this year. It was apparently always on the cards. Hmmmmmm.

For now, Cowell is placing his focus on Britain’s Got Talent and expending all his energies on keeping David Walliams in check during the tryouts in London.

BGT judges

Last night there must have been some great talent at the auditions, as David revealed he became the third judge to press his golden buzzer, sending one lucky act straight through to the live shows.

They were either brilliant, or brilliantly awful and given that it was David behind the buzz it really could be either.

Amanda Holden and Simon Have already used their one time buzz, which leaves just Alesha Dixon to pick her favourite performer.

Do you think Simon can usurp Gary on The X Factor? Are you looking forward to his return? Leave your comments below…..

Lisa McGarry

Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!


  1. lizzy on February 12, 2014 at 7:37 am

    I wouldn’t watch the show with Cowell on it if he paid me to. I don’t understand how crazy the British can be to like Cowell or to watch that “talent” show without Gary as a head judge.

  2. Michelle on February 12, 2014 at 8:14 am

    I never liked Simon Cowell on the show and I don’t think i will watch it again this year. Gary was a good judge: honest, funny and really professional. I don’t think anyone can replace him on the panel, as he was through the years the judge with the most experience in the music industry.And let’s be honest: Simon is a little bit biased here, if contestants aren’t good or interesting enough, it isn’t Gary’s fault, or anyone else’s on the panel.

  3. Jan on February 12, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Watching Simon Cowell each Saturday and Sunday evening is not my idea of enjoyment. Gary was excellent and had the talent and experience to back his opinions. Simon has Leona and 1D because he was fortunate enough to be on the show when they appeared, pure luck, nothing more.
    I won’t be watching this year.

  4. Emma on February 12, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Simon Cowell returning to the X Factor is not something I am looking forward to. You can’t turn the clock back, his days as Head Judge are over. Gary Barlow is a talented musician, and knows what he is talking about – he doesn’t play games and is a much better judge. Same for Nicole. Cowell might want to return to the days of the judges bickering and having entertaining spats, but that’s in the past and is stale now.

  5. Hazel on February 12, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Ciaran – there’s no such official thing as “Head judge” – it’s just something the media made up and Xtra Factor carried on, the judges made light of it but there was no such title to be handed over, officially so no crown to lose! I think you’ll also find A LOT of female viewers tuned in to watch Gary because not only he made the most sense but he was so easy on the eye. Simon…well let’s not beat around the bush – he’s fugly.

  6. G* on February 12, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Simon can’t even save US X-factor and now slating Gary and Nicole and other judges, that they can not match his incredibly high standard? He did leave his sinking ship, and he should be grateful to other judges that they still held atleast a couple of years! Simon didn’t even notice that he’s old, has no more appealing charisma with his weird face! I think, it’s his own fault too, because of this FIXED winner thing!

  7. G!e on February 12, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Simon Cowell will always envious of Gary Barlow, fact!

  8. jo on February 13, 2014 at 5:21 am

    I don’t think I can bear to watch Simon and Cheryl slobbering all over each other. That was the reason why I stopped watching. And Simon constantly saying ‘I agree with Cheryl’. Nicole livened it up straight away on her first appearance and Gary has so much talent, who could e better. He seemed to be more cheerful during the last series and I loved the Panel with Sharon and Louis. Simon is the only one I know who wants Cheryl back.

  9. Chantelle G on February 13, 2014 at 11:55 am

    oh god Simon Fat and Botox Cowell is back on the UK version. he is the reason why i switched off during the first series I saw the X factor and now he’s back well i will be watchin something else this year.

    Gary Barlow was a better judge than Simon. i mean Gary is hot, funny, Talented and clever while simon is yeah none of these things.

    Ciaran you said the viewing figures were much higher with Cowell than Gary. okay so why were the US ratings so low.

  10. staff on February 15, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    As usual Simon is full of himself. He will bring down the show for sure. The judges panel should remain the same cause they are a great team. Simon left X factor US cause his so call talent as a judge is nil. He adds nothing to the show and it will show if he is allowed to be part of X factor UK. THE SHOW IS DOOMED if it happens..

  11. Sam on February 16, 2014 at 12:00 am

    I Think Simon is Just strict and He will be a perfect judge even thoe Strictly come dancing is better then x factor don’t take it out on simon he’s just doing his job!

  12. Sam on February 16, 2014 at 12:02 am

    Also this dousen’t really say who the judges are

  13. G!e on February 19, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Simon just doing his job? Other judges doing their jobs too! The diffent between Simon and other judges is that…other judges felt devastated everytime one of their candidates going home, Simon thinks only to earn a lot of money at the end of the show!

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