Simon Cowell took Britain’s Got Talent idea from other show

Simon Cowell took Britain’s Got Talent idea from other show

Simon Cowell had the idea for ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ while watching a rival music show.
The 59-year-old music mogul had a brainwave while tuning in to see a contestant perform poorly on another programme, and decided he would rather see animal acts trying to sing instead.
Speaking on ‘The Paul McKenna Positivity Podcast’, he 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 Oleta 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 former ‘Pop Idol’ judge – who is famed for his acid tongue and harsh critiques – also admitted he thrives on competition and is always trying to trump his showbiz pals when they appear on similar shows.
He said: "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."