Simon Cowell reveals he ‘stole’ idea for BGT from a rival talent show

SIMON Cowell has revealed that he ‘stole’ the idea for Britain’s Got Talent from a rival show.

The music mogul, 59, started the hit ITV programme in 2007 – but he has admitted that if he wasn’t watching a rival show, then the series might never have come to fruition.

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Speaking on The Paul McKenna Positivity Podcast, Simon said: “It was just an idea I had in the kitchen one day, I was watching another competing music show and a girl was murdering Get Here by Olita Adams.

“I thought do you know what  I would actually rather watch a show about a singing dog.

“And that’s how Got Talent came along.

“And we developed it over a year and then we sold it. And this show will run for 20 years.”

The show might never have happened if Simon didn’t watch another talent show
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The judge also revealed that he doesn’t like to see his showbiz mates doing well on similar shows.

He admitted: “We see a competing show and think: we will take a bit of that show and put it into ours.

“But I am still incredibly competitive. When I see a competing show starting to do well I actually feel physically sick.

“I don’t like my friends to do well. I really don’t. Jealousy in a weird way is good for you. If you are not jealous of your competitors you are not going to win.”

Ant McPartlin is returning to work tomorrow to host the first round of auditions for the 2019 series.

The troubled star, 43, has been off for a year after a drink driving crash forced him to take time off to tackle his demons.

Richard Arnold revealed the news on Good Morning Britain and said: “I can officially announce that after a year off Ant will start filming on the new series of BGT.”


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