Simon Cowell Uses Sly Tactics To Beat Off Rival Competition
Simon Cowell is rumoured to be resorting to using sly tactics to help boost the X Factor UK’s TV ratings.
Simon is eager to persuade Cheryl Cole to come back to the show, by stealing her manager Will.i.am from rival TV show The Voice.
Girls Aloud star Cheryl Cole, joined the X Factor UK panel several years ago as a replacement for Sharon Osbourne. When Simon took the show over to the US last year, he promised Cheryl a role as a judge, whilst she did film some auditions, Fox and Simon decided Nicole Scherzinger would be better suited to the role, and sent Cheryl packing.
The whole ordeal was highly embarrassing for Cheryl, despite finally settling her differences with Simon; the singer has revealed she would never go back as a judge on the UK show out of principal. Simon however has different ideas.
The music mogul is keen for Cheryl to make a big return to the show next year, as she is the nation’s sweetheart and would be sure to boost the show’s ratings. Simon plans to do this by converting her close friend and manager Will.i.am to make a move from the BBC’s rival singing show The Voice UK, where he is a coach alongside, Jessie J, Tom Jones and Danny O’Donoughue.
Whilst the X Factor is still one of the biggest TV shows in the UK, ratings have dropped significantly since Simon and Cheryl left two seasons ago.
Producers know that a big shake up to the panel could revamp the show. Whilst Simon is unlikely to be able to make a return due to his commitments with the US show, securing Cheryl and Will.i.am would be big news for the show.
Nicole Scherzinger was brought in to the UK show this year after Britney and Demi replaced her and Paula Abdul on the US show. It was hoped that Nicole could help pick up ratings joining Take That’s Gary Barlow, N-Dubz star Tulisa Contostavlos and music manager Louis Walsh as judges. Viewing figures however, have still been down on previous years, with the BBC celebrity dance show Strictly Come Dancing winning the ratings battle last week end for the first time in history.
Simon knows that if he can get Will.i.am to come on the show, Cheryl is likely to follow. However, Will.i.am is already thought to have signed on for a second season of The Voice, so chances of this happening are rare, although if anyone could make this happen, it has to be Simon Cowell.
Meanwhile, Simon is said to also have his sights set on hiring Spice Girl, Mel B also as a judge on the show next year. Mel impressed when standing in for Nicole at auditions earlier this season, entertaining the audience with her honest remarks and bolshy attitude.
Article By Victoria Beckett