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Simon Cowell plans worldwide Britain's Got Talent

20 October 2014, 08:03

Los Angeles - Simon Cowell is planning a worldwide Britain's Got Talent.

The music mogul is interested in expanding the ITV talent competition show's format - which has been sold to nearly 150 different territories - into a global entertainment challenge, similar to the Eurovision Song Contest.

Speaking about the idea of a "pan-regional entertainment format", Simon said: "That is something we have been thinking of for more than three years, a long time."

The idea is that countries would select their best act - from singers to dancers to talented pets - and then vote for their favourite acts to make it into the grand final.

However, Simon insists it will not follow the format of his other hit talent show The X Factor, because that failed to work in the past.

He explained: "There were something like 16 judges on that show, so the judging took about half an hour on each act, and every one of them had been put on the show to be the equivalent of me. It was who could be ruder each time. It was just a disaster."

The 55-year-old star added to the Independent newspaper: "The Got Talent format would be the most obvious one to start with. We'll definitely be in that space sooner rather than later."

Meanwhile, Simon also confessed he and his Syco Entertainment company are in discussions about a possible Netflix-style web streaming service.

He said: "We are going to announce something soon that is going to be a big show and it is not on a cable network... I think it is hopefully a bit of a game changer because the market has suddenly just got bigger."

- BangShowBiz


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