The Sunday Mirror reports Simon Cowell is planning a new dance show.as his company Simco lodge the name ‘You Should Be Dancing’ with the official Trade Mark Register, with documents outlining ‘a program featuring dance performances and a dancing competition.
Simon Cowell is planning a dance show rivalling Strictly Come Dancing to reclaim his crown as king of British TV.
Strictly judge Bruno Tonioli and Alesha Dixon, his former fellow panellist on the BBC1 show, were believed to be linked to the new project You Should Be Dancing.
Sources said the X Factor mogul was set to fight back after Strictly increased the ratings gap over his ITV1 singing show.
An insider said: “Simon Cowell should never be underestimated – he’s a genius when it comes to devising new TV shows. He knows the market better than anyone.
“He’s coming back fighting with yet another format he thinks will be a winner.”
His TV company Simco has lodged You Should Be Dancing with the official Trade Mark Register, with documents outlining “a program featuring dance performances and a dancing competition”.
A pilot is likely next year, a second source said, adding: “It is about dancing but it’s undecided whether or not it will include celebrities, like Strictly.”
It is believed the show will feature elements of Strictly but will involve members of the public and an international voting system.
As with The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent it is understood Simon plans to extend the format overseas.
Bruno, 57, last month refused to comment on rumours that close friend Simon had tried to lure him to ITV after he was snapped leaving a restaurant with the TV supremo and his pregnant girlfriend Lauren Silverman, 37.
Bruno said at the time: “He’s always got something up his sleeve. He wanted to buy Strictly a few years back. Why wouldn’t he? It’s a wonderful show.”
Alesha is tipped because of her popularity on BGT.
A source said: “Cowell registers a number of names – the company is always coming up with ideas for show formats. This one is likely to be piloted next year.”
A spokesman for Cowell declined to comment.
Source: Sunday Mirror