Simon Cowell bans Walliams from The Voice
- Bang Showbiz
- 21 March 2012
Simon Cowell has stopped David Walliams from taking his mother to see Sir Tom Jones on rival BBC One show 'The Voice'
Simon Cowell has banned David Walliams from going to see 'The Voice'.
The comedian - who appears alongside Simon, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon on 'Britain's Got Talent' - wanted to take his mother to see Sir Tom Jones in action on the new BBC One music show but has been stopped by his boss, who was concerned viewers would think he "preferred" the rival series.
An insider told The Sun newspaper: "Simon is gunning for 'The Voice'. He wants to destroy it and is really unhappy that it's going up against 'BGT'.
"He doesn't want anyone associated with his show being linked with 'The Voice' - and that includes being seen sitting in the audience. If David turned up, the BBC would use loads of shots of him in the audience and viewers would think he preferred 'The Voice'.
"It's a battlefield mentality - you're either with Simon or against him. There are no half measures."
Both 'The Voice' - which also sees Jessie J, Danny O'Donoghue and will.i.am act as mentors on the show alongside Tom - and 'Britain's Got Talent' are going head-to-head in the schedules on Saturday (24.03.12), a move which is said to have angered BBC bosses.
A source recently said: "This is typical of ITV, parking their tanks on our lawn just as we launch a major new format. They are smarting because they didn't get the show although they bid £10 million more than us."