Simon Cowell talks about his fellow Britain’s Got Talent judges and how Eric watches the show.
Simon believes David Walliams is a law unto himself.
“He overstepped the mark sometimes but the more I say to him to not do it, he does it even more, so it’s better to say little. He gets really over-excited on the live shows and says and does things he wasn’t planning, then sometimes regrets it. But he kind of makes it interesting.”
Simon has hinted that he may have reached the end of the road with the comic. Admitting to Nicola Methven from the Daily Mirror Simon that there could well be changes to the judging line-up next year, he says he will make the decision depending on each of panelists “commitment” to the ITV show.
“I don’t even know yet,” he sighed. “With David I knew what I was letting myself in for before we signed him. It’s much more down to having a conversation with all of them afterwards and seeing how much they want to be in the show.
“Are they still absolutely into the idea of finding a star? You never want a judge for hire. You want someone who’s really going to be committed.”
Along the bench, Amanda Holden has made it clear she loves the role, thanking Simon for rescuing her from simply being known for a failed marriage to Les Dennis and an affair with Neil Morrissey.
But there is also a question-mark over Alesha Dixon. The former Strictly Come Dancing judge is being linked to the vacant role on Simon’s other show The X Factor.
“She couldn’t do both,” was all he would say this week.
Talking about the final Simon says he’s pleased with how this series of BGT has gone, finding it less predictable than last year, when Hungarian shadow act Attraction triumphed.
“I’m excited about the final – it’s going to be very open. There are four or five who could win it on the night, unlike last year when it was quite obvious that Attraction were going to win. It was a bit of a one horse race.”
He has occasionally been accompanied to the studio by partner Lauren Silverman and baby Eric, born in New York on Valentine’s Day.
Lauren has been giving her opinion and helping him make decisions.
“I like to gauge people’s reactions. Because she likes the show a lot I’m curious to see what she thinks,” he explains.
And she’s not the only member of the family to be joining in.
“Eric watches at home,” he says with a laugh. “He’s been down. He watches the dress rehearsal then he goes home and watches the live shows.”
And does he agree with all his father’s choices? “He likes all the ones I like,” the proud dad claims.
Simon pretty much rejects the notion that becoming a father has turned him into a nicer person. “I don’t think it’s affected me a lot, Nicola… I’ve always been nice – you know that,” he says.
Perhaps he’s changed just a tiny bit?
“Maybe I have. But I’m not aware of it particularly. I’m happy, so that probably makes a difference.”
His main area of concern for tonight’s live final is the health of 79-year-old dancer Paddy, whose semi-final performance last week was hampered by an injury.
I wonder if they are prepared should anything painful happen to her on stage?
“Trust me, we’ve got doctors all over her,” he says. “This is something I take really seriously. I would never, ever, ever allow her to perform if she wasn’t feeling 100% fit. If I felt that she wasn’t mentally or physically up to this then we’d encourage her not to compete. But it would really, really upset her at this point.”
While the show is dominated by singers, the music mogul claims that he has yet to sign any of them up.
“I’m holding judgment for the moment. I’ve seen these things happen where you think people are going to do really well in the final and then they fall apart, and you think maybe it’s not worth the aggravation.
“Or someone who wasn’t on your radar really steps it up. I haven’t talked or promised anything to anybody at this point.”
Simon will next week go straight into auditions for the next series of The X Factor, with confirmation of the fourth judge (likely to be Mel B) expected in days.
Whoever it is, the sparks are likely to fly elsewhere on the panel between Cheryl Cole and returning Louis Walsh. “Cheryl and Louis aren’t the best of friends,” says Simon. “She didn’t want him on the show so that’s going to be quite amusing. They’ve never particularly got on and have very, very different viewpoints so I’m looking forward to seeing them together.”
With more transatlantic dashes to follow once The X Factor is done, it’s hard to see when Simon will have time to make an honest woman of Lauren.
“I haven’t set a date yet sweetheart,” he says, when Nicola enquired about her invitation.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror Journalist Nicola Methven