Simon Cowell defends BGT ratings slump

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 5 May 2011
Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell thinks this year's series of 'Britain's Got Talent is better than ever, despite the recent slump in ratings

Simon Cowell thinks 'Britain's Got Talent' is better than ever.

The 51-year-old music mogul jumped to the defence of the ITV1 talent show - which has seen ratings slump in recent weeks to the lowest figure since the series was launched in 2007 - claims more viewers are tuning in to watch the "fantastic" 'BGT' as the weeks go on.

He said: "We've got to get out of the habit of being so gloomy. The fact is, people are enjoying it. I think it's fantastic. Ratings peaked last year at 11.8million and this week it was 11.4million. If you'd told me a year later we'd be getting these numbers, who says that would be bad news?

"It's creeping up. It went up week on week. You've just got to keep making good TV. The public aren't stupid. They like the show. I know this is a good show. I think the talent is better this year than last year. I'm happy with it and really looking forward to the semi-finals."

Simon - who will be returning to the 'BGT' judging panel alongside Amanda Holden, David Hasselhoff and Michael McIntyre for the live finals of the competition - revealed he has been "keeping his distance" from the show so he can judge contestants fairly.

He added: "I'm going to walk into the live shows on the night and try to judge it fairly. I'm keeping my distance because I think it's only fair. I'm not going to see any rehearsals."

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