Simon Cowell has big plans for BGT finalist Jonathan
Simon Cowell is planning to turn 'Britain's Got Talent' favourite Jonathan Antoine into a bigger star than Susan Boyle and will offer him and his singing partner Charlotte Jaconelli a recording contract whether they win the show or not.
Simon Cowell is planning to turn 'Britain's Got Talent' favourite Jonathan Antoine into a bigger star than Susan Boyle.
The 17-year-old singer is odds-on to win tonight's (12.05.12) final but judge Simon has already decided to give him and singing partner Charlotte Jaconelli a £1 million record deal whether they are victorious or not.
He thinks Jonathan and Charlotte have the potential to be even bigger than Susan, who shot to worldwide fame after wowing the judges with her 'Britain's Got Talent' audition in 2009.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "Simon knows they will sell a huge number of records. They could even go on to beat Susan Boyle - and she's sold millions."
Sony boss Rob Stringer is also jetting from America to watch Jonathan and Charlotte perform tonight and he will hand them a US deal with Columbia Records.
Simon will release their music in the UK through his Syco label and studio time for the pair has already been booked for the week after next.
Simon - who is joined on the judging panel by Alesha Dixon, David Walliams and Amanda Holden - is said to be thrilled with the prospect of working with Jonathan and Charlotte, 16, after the show's has finished because they are so talented.
An insider said: "This time last year he was faced with the not-particularly exciting prospect of having to sell Jai McDowall records. He was in a funk. But this year his excitement levels are off the scale.
"He's watched as Jonathan and Charlotte have taken the country by storm. He knows that opera is a big seller, especially if people like the person singing it."
Simon has also said he thinks the duo will be big stars in the UK as well as America.
The music mogul said: "I think they've got a big, big chance of selling records all over the world. They're amazing singers. I'm particularly impressed with how Charlotte has improved.
"I'm not sure anything will ever be as big as Susan but I certainly believe an American audience will like them both."