Simon Cowell’s name is synonymous with talent shows. The Gordon Ramsey of the music and talent industry, Simon Cowell apart from having the biggest shows like Britain’s Got Talent, X factor has also given us some of the most popular pop bands, like One Direction, Westlife, Little Mix among many others. Hence, it comes very much a shock to know that the music mogul who has given birth to thousands of artistes admitted that he stole the idea of his show, Britain’s Got Talent from his music rival.
Speaking on The Paul McKenna Positivity Podcast, the music mogul, Cowell said he began to conjure the idea for BGT when he said he would prefer to see a singing dog, over someone taking part in another music show. Simon explained: '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.'
Simon also went on to expose his crude side of a businessman stating that he doesn't like seeing his show business rivals performing well with TV formats of their own. He also added that while he equally dreads to see his rival do well, he never falls short to take inspiration from them and channel it into his own shows.
'We see a competing show and think: we will take a bit of that show and put it into ours,' he said.
'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’, Simon added.
The next series of Britain’s Got Talent 13 is likely to kick-off this April and will once again see Simon appear alongside Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon on the judging panel, with Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly returning as hosts.