Simon Cowell: BGT contestants have improved for me
- Bang Showbiz
- 20 March 2012
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).