Simon Cowell accused of poaching X Factor staff

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 6 December 2010
BGT judge Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell

ITV1 bosses are reportedly concerned music mogul Simon Cowell is poaching key members of 'The X Factor' staff to appear on the US version of the show when he launches it next year

Simon Cowell has been accused of poaching 'X Factor' staff for the US version of the show.

ITV1 bosses are said to be concerned the music mogul - who is launching the Stateside 'X Factor' next year - is secretly plotting to take some of the show's key players across the pond, leaving the UK series as a "pale imitation" of its former glory.

A senior 'X Factor' source told the Daily Star newspaper: "There are concerns Simon will take our best talent to the States and leave us with a pale imitation of the show."

The 51-year-old star is believed to have drawn up a list of staff he is keen to take to Los Angeles to make the £100 million launch of the show a success.

Executive producers Andrew Llinares and Richard Holloway are expected to be asked to work on the series, as well as the 60-strong team who currently oversee the editing of 'The X Factor'.

Meanwhile, judge Cheryl Cole - who mentored winners Alexandra Burke and Joe McElderry on the last two series of the show - has already reportedly secured a £3 million deal to make the move after proving a hit with US television executives.

An insider recently revealed: "It's a dream come true. Cheryl was absolutely delighted. She has really charged the American execs. They love her good looks and the way she wears her heart on her sleeve.

"And of course her chemistry with Simon played a huge part in it. They are great together."

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