Given the chance the music mogul would love to produce the next election debates.
‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and ‘X-Factor’ judge Simon Cowell has revealed he love to bring a bit of his talent show smarts to spice up the next round of party leaders' election debates. The music mogul said that if given the chance to produce the tv debates, British viewers (and the party leaders) would be in for fire, trap doors and even a clapometer.
Cowell is currently judging ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and preparing for new series of ‘X-Factor’.
“I would love to do that. I’d do it in a heartbeat. 100% I’d have walk-ons, music, fire … and a trap door if people didn’t like what they said,” Cowell told the Radio Times. “And I’d definitely have a clapometer. I am deadly serious. Can we start a petition? I really would love a chance to do that.”
Cowell is currently heading up the judging panel for ‘Britain’s Got Talent’s’ ninth series where the winning act will take the stage at this year’s Royal Variety Performance. But while in the past Cowell has earned the reputation of tv’s Mr Nasty, he does now admit he’s not always entirely honest with the show’s younger acts .
“Obviously. Sometimes you have to tell what’s called ‘a kind lie’,” he said. “With a kid dance act, for example, that’s not very good … I obviously can’t say what I really think. Especially if they’re a bit fragile … Being mediocre is the worst thing.”
Turning to his other talent show, the ‘X-Factor’ , the music mogul denied that he’d ever let down any of his acts after they’d won the talent show. “I hear stories about artists who say we didn’t do enough, but we did everything we normally do. I can’t make the public go and buy something if they don’t want to buy it,” he said.
“The public will determine whether an act finds success beyond the show. I always want incredible things to happen but if you spend a year making a record and you put the record out and nothing … I’ve always believed an artist determines their own career. We can put some money up, we can help them, we can advise them, but you need someone who has got talent and who has got that determination.”
But it’s 2009 ‘BGT’ contestant Susan Boyle that Cowell says is his ‘happiest’ success story. “It was a turning point for the show and for me actually, as a person,” Cowell said. “It sounds like a cliche but she made me realise that you can’t judge a book by its cover. When she came out, I remember thinking, ‘God, I hope you’re not going to sing, because I just…And then it was amazing. I deliberately kept me in (the edit) looking like a horrible person as a reminder of what can happen.”
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