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.
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.
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…..