Simon Cowell: BGT contestants have improved for me
Simon Cowell thinks the calibre of contestants on 'Britain's Got Talent' is "better" because he's returned to the show, but he admits he "wasn't sure" whether to re-join to the judging panel at all
Simon Cowell thinks the calibre of contestants on 'Britain's Got Talent' is "better" because he's returned to the show.
The 52-year-old music mogul - who only judged during the live finals of the ITV1 talent search show last year due to his commitments on the US 'X Factor' - "wasn't sure" whether to return to the series, but he is now "really happy" with his decision to come back because he feels more "connected" to the role.
Simon - who sits on the panel alongside existing judge Amanda Holden and newcomers Alesha Dixon and David Walliams - said: "I am really happy to be back on the 'BGT' judging panel.
"I wasn't sure first of all if I wanted to do it, but now I've got stuck in it's a big, big difference being there from the beginning compared to last year when I just had to come in and do the live shows.
"You don't feel connected. Now I feel connected and I think the talent is better now that I am back."
Amanda admits she missed Simon's "naughtiness" during last year's shows, but she has been referring to him as Voldermort - the fictional main antagonist in the 'Harry Potter' series - throughout the forthcoming season as his judging feedback has been "particularly evil".
The blonde beauty - who nearly died while giving birth to her second daughter, Hollie, earlier this year - explained: "I have missed him but I don't want to confess I've missed him.
"I'd like to say that everything carried on just fine without him but I did miss him. I completely missed the naughtiness and the pig-tail pulling and the laugh that you have when he's around.
"He's wicked - I don't mean in the cool sense but in the evil sense, and I find that really amusing. It really appeals to my sense of humour.
"It's fantastic to have him back. I always used to call him Darth Vader but this year I called him Voldermort as he was particularly evil."
'Britain's Got Talent' starts on ITV1 at 8pm on Saturday (24.03.12).