Simon Cowell plans to screen new talent show on rival ITV network

WHETHER it’s The X Factor versus Strictly or Britain’s Got Talent versus The Voice, Simon Cowell is no pushover when it comes to a ratings war.

But the media mogul is about to face competition from a formidable challenger: himself.

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Simon is about to face competition from a formidable challenger – himself1 credit
Simon plans new talent show on rival ITV network

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Simon plans new talent show on rival ITV networkCredit: Getty

I can reveal that Simon is drawing up plans for a new talent show to be screened on a network rival to ITV, the channel he’s stuck with since it turned him into a household name on Pop Idol a while ago 20 years.

This latest TV project could be his first foray into streaming, as insiders say he wants to work with Netflix.

A source said: “Simon never rests on his laurels. He is constantly thinking creatively about new ideas and shows, innovating and evolving all the time.

“That’s one of the secrets of his enormous success over the years.

Simon imagined his new passion project after the announcement in January of the postponement of BGT

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Simon imagined his new passion project after the announcement in January of the postponement of BGTCredit: Getty

“He told friends he was fed up with competitors trying to outperform the mark, so he decided to do it himself.

“He swore his next show will be bigger and better than BGT.

“He is weighing his options and considering whether he would put it on a terrestrial channel or move it to a streaming site. Simon has a big vision and the likes of Netflix have hundreds of millions in their coffers to help make it a reality.

“Given he’s responsible for some of the most successful entertainment formats of the century, streaming executives should despair of bringing that Cowell magic to their platform.”

Simon 'swore his next show will be bigger and better than BGT'

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Simon ‘swore his next show will be bigger and better than BGT’Credit: Getty

Simon dreamed up his new passion project after it was announced in January that Britain’s Got Talent would be postponed until 2022 due to Covid safety fears.

The X Factor is also set to return next year, having been on hiatus since 2019.

Last month, Simon made his long-awaited return to work filming America’s Got Talent.

This followed months after he broke his back in an e-bike accident at his Malibu home in August.

Simon may have spent that time recuperating, but he certainly wasn’t putting planning on hold.

Sue walks into an old writing bump

MEL GIEDROYC has admitted that her professional partnership with former Bake Off co-host Sue Perkins isn’t always smooth and light.

Tensions have arisen between the two men, who have known each other for 33 years, over Mel’s debut novel, The Best Things.

Mel admitted her professional partnership with former Sue Perkins wasn't always sweet and light

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Mel admitted her professional partnership with former Sue Perkins wasn’t always sweet and lightCredit: Getty

It became a bestseller after its release in April.

Mel said: “I didn’t let anyone read it [before publication]. I didn’t let Susan read it and she was a little miffed. I was afraid. It was intimidating.

Although the book kept her busy, TV work was so rare during the lockdown that Mel ended up trying to recapture the glory days of Bake Off by hosting cooking contests at home.

She revealed in a talk at the Hay Festival: “I realized we hit a low point in February when we all decided to do a blind chutney tasting contest.

“It’s middle class, it’s sad and desperate.”

I understand.

New role

BRIDGERTON actor Freddie Stroma has landed a role in The Suicide Squad.

The British star, who played Prince Friedrich sporting sideburns in the Netflix sensation, will be Vigilante on DC’s supervillain show Peacemaker.

It’s a spin-off of the upcoming movie starring Idris Elba and Margot Robbie.

Curtis’ heartfelt support

CURTIS Pritchard has at least one fan of his car crash appearance on Hollyoaks – Love Island ex Amy Hart.

The dancer and his brother AJ were bullied by viewers and former cast members of the Channel 4 soap opera this month after clips of their wooden game went viral.

Curtis was ravaged by viewers and former cast members of the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks

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Curtis was ravaged by viewers and former cast members of the Channel 4 soap opera HollyoaksCredit: Getty

But Amy, who was forced out of the 2019 Love Island series after Curtis broke her heart, said: “It’s good that he branched out and tried new things. Diversity equals longevity. .

It comes after Hollyoaks confirmed the couple’s exit last week and the brothers broke their silence.

Former strictly professional dancer AJ said of the backlash, “It’s not something I’m going to waste my energy and time on.”

Corrie contract

CORONATION Street debutante Charlotte Jordan has had her contract extended.

Confirming The Sun’s story last month, the actress, who plays Daisy Midgeley, told Digital Spy: “I’m definitely here until September.

“I’ve moved here to Manchester now, just in time for it to start kicking off for Daisy.”

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