'Nice' judge Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell says finding love with fiancee Mezhgan Hussainy has made him realise he needs to be softer on contestants on his talent shows
Simon Cowell has promised to be nicer to contestants on his talent shows.
The music mogul - who heads up the judging panel on 'Britain's Got Talent', 'The X Factor' and 'American Idol' and is famed for his harsh putdowns - says finding love with fiancee Mezhgan Hussainy has made him more understanding of the pressures the wannabes are under.
Simon, whose comments gained him the nickname 'Mr. Nasty', told Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper: "I am in a very good mood at the moment and life with Mezhgan is great. 'Mr. Nasty' was just a label when we first started doing these shows. You have to remember when people are auditioning they are taking it very seriously and for them it is a life-changing moment.
"I am not a hypocrite and I always said I would be as honest as I possibly could. But you have to kinda put yourself in their shoes, and if you have woken up in a bad mood you have to shake yourself out of it."
The new series of 'Britain's Got Talent' starts tomorrow (17.04.10) and Simon admits they are going to take extra special care of contestants following the breakdown of Susan Boyle last year.
He said: "Because of what happened last year with Susan, we are aware of what can happen to people. So 12 months later you can approach it in a very, very different way and you are aware that pressure can do all sorts of things to people.
"You are hyper, hyper aware of any audition you do. You have to feel they can cope with what is coming if you put them through."