Wagner: X Factor is Simon's show

Wagner Fiuza-Carrilho thinks 'The X Factor' won't work without music mogul Simon Cowell, who has quit the show to concentrate on launching it Stateside

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Wagner Fiuza-Carrilho

Wagner Fiuza-Carrilho thinks 'The X Factor' won't work without Simon Cowell.

The eccentric former contestant - who landed in sixth place on the ITV1 series last year - thinks now the 51-year-old music mogul has officially quit his role on the judging panel to concentrate on the US launch, the show won't have the same appeal.

He exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "I thought Simon would be flying between each show. It's so connected to him and he knows how much the British people love him. He knows how important it is that he's there, so I thought he would be. It is Simon's show."

Despite having a public falling out with judge Cheryl Cole during his time on 'The X Factor', Wagner insists he has forgiven the 'Promise This' singer because she is "so beautiful".

He added: "I forgive most things when a woman is so beautiful, but whatever happened with us I have no bad feelings towards her. I like to remember the good moments on the show.

"We are human and all of us make mistakes."

The Brazilian-born singer is now set to perform at the 2011 Bearded Theory Festival in Derbyshire and will be setting his sights on a performance that is a cross between the styles of Mick Jagger, Luciano Pavarotti and Tony Bennett.

Wagner said: "Music is all I want to do. I wish I could be like Tony Bennett and be successful well into my 80s. I would like to be like Mick Jagger. He is as fantastic as Luciano Pavorotti. There are so many role models for me.

The 2011 Bearded Theory Festival is to be held at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire, from May 13 to May 15.

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