The battle is on!
Simon Cowell has hit out at BBC bosses after it emerged that Strictly Come Dancing will be going directly head-to-head with The X Factor again this year… and he is REALLY not happy.
Speaking exclusively to Yahoo Celebrity at The X Factor launch, Simon described the shows tactics as ‘aggressive’ and ‘competitive.’
Don’t hold back, yeah, Simon!
He said: “I don’t pay too much attention. I mean, they are incredibly competitive with us.
“They say they’re not but they are and we just found out that they put the show head-to-head with us which is quite aggressive and they did this in the past and I always say it annoys me because I think it’s not what the viewers want.”
Simon, 54, added: “It becomes a ratings battle and I think the public lose out.”
But despite the fact that Strictly has pummeled The X Factor with its viewing figures over the last few years, Simon reckons that he’s not actually worried.
He told us: “I don’t worry about the ratings. What we do is try and make a better show than them and I think you need that kind of incentive so you don’t become complacent about everything.
“But looking at the early shows I’ve seen I think we’ll do really well.”
Fighting talk, Mr Cowell!
The new dad was slightly less talkative when asked what he thought about former Xtra Factor host Caroline Flack competing on the rival show.
He told us: “I don’t blame her. I’ve got no idea if she’ll be good or not.”
Hmm… damning with faint praise we think!
Simon also admitted that there are going to be some pretty darn crazy moments during the new series… even one that scared him!
He told us: “There are some crazy moments – we’ve had some really bizarre moments but that’s what I like about that show. I love those crazy people.
“At one point during the six chair challenge, which was unbelievable, where the crowd lost it with us and it was the first time in my life where I actually thought that we’d lost control. Literally.
“For about 10 minutes we just couldn’t calm them down.”
We actually cannot wait for the new series now – hurry up, Saturday!
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