Simon Cowell wants fun contestants

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 1 October 2010
Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell will not place the 'X Factor' contestants under any behavioural restrictions as he wants them to behave like pop stars

Simon Cowell wants the 'X Factor' finalists to "do what they like".

The music mogul has dismissed suggestions the 12 hopeful acts will be under strict control, insisting he would rather they had fun and were a bit reckless in order to show their personalities fully to the audience.

He said: "You have got to have some sort of control in there, but at the end of the day you want to have the personalities through so it's fun.

"They are entering the music business for all the right reasons, and that is not to sit in the library till three in the morning. I am just trying to encourage them this year to be their age and do what they like if they have a career as a pop star, and for everyone to be a bit more relaxed about it.

"These kids who come here, they are young guys and they should be making noise, having fun and going out. And I can't tell people when they can and can't have sex."

This year's contestants already stunned fellow guests at the London hotel they stayed in during the Boot Camp stage of the competition when they went on a drunken rampage and stripping in public areas, while the Groups caused thousands of pounds of damage to Simon's luxury rented villa in Marbella, Spain during the Judges Homes round.

Simon has also admitted he banned "pathetic sob stories" because he wants acts to progress through the competition purely due to their talent.

He explained: "I banned the word journey because that was a key part of it all. We got too much of this 'I'm doing it for my mum who broke her ankle' nonsense. 'I never bought a David Bowie album when I was 17 because Bowie was talking on 'Top of the Pops' about going on a journey.

"I don't want this to be a popularity competition. I think it is important that it remains a talent competition."

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