Is X Factor’s Simon Cowell suing Gary Barlow over Let it Shine?

It has been reported in the press that Simon Cowell would be one of the most decimated viewers of Gary Barlow’s new BBC show Let It Shine.

The two men have never got on, and the new Beeb venture is a direct competitor of Simon’s own X Factor show, so it might surprise fans that he’d be so keen to tune in.

However it was said that the music mogul had his own reasons for checking out his rival. Insiders said the dad of one was considering taking legal action against the Take That star and the BBC if the format of Let It Shine was too similar to that of The X Factor and his other show La Banda.

Now it’s emerged that either Simon doesn’t think he has a leg to stand on, or the hassle of court action looks like too much trouble. A source told The Sunday People that there will be no legal repercussions.

“Simon has since been advised to abandon his case against Let It Shine,” they explained.

“He is very serious when it comes to protecting the intellectual property of his shows. He trailblazed in the TV talent show sector and has to protect his brand.

“But it’s very hard to win these kind of cases and his legal team has gone back to him to say any action would most likely be fruitless.”

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Gary admitted recently that despite the fact he worked for Simon Cowell and was a judge on The X Factor for a few years, he had very little dealings with the music mogul and certainly doesn’t count him as a friend. He also insisted that Cowell has nothing to worry about when it comes to his show. He said: “This show is no threat to any of [Simon’s] shows. It’s not on in a time period when any of his shows are on.”

Barlow is celebrating a bit of a win after his first episode aired. It’s been revealed that he beat ITV’s singing show The Voice in the ratings.

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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!