Simon Cowell's BBC claim
Simon Cowell claims the BBC are obsessed with him, which is why bosses have scheduled 'The Voice' to clash with his latest series of 'Britain's Got Talent'
Simon Cowell claims the BBC are obsessed with him.
The music mogul's latest series of 'Britain's Got Talent' is to go head-to-head with the corporation's new singing show, 'The Voice', and Simon believes bosses only did that as they are desperate to beat him.
He said: "'The Voice' was brought in deliberately to compete with us. They got 'The Voice' so we said, 'Well we've just got to make a better show.'
"It is an obsession with them. The BBC are trying to prove a point at the moment. Luckily it's the public that decide. We'll just concentrate on our own show but if they want to compete, bring it on."
Simon's fellow 'BGT' judge Amanda Holden also hit out at the rival show, claiming coach Sir Tom Jones was too old to be taking part.
Amanda - who is also joined on the panel by Alesha Dixon and David Walliams - quipped the 71-year-old singer "might be spinning in his grave next week" instead of his spinning in his chair.
However, BBC bosses were left unimpressed by her comments, saying they were "grossly disrespectful".
But Tom - who is a coach on the show alongside Jessie J, will.i.am and Danny O'Donohue - wasn't fazed by the slur and said he is concentrating on doing a good job for the show.
He said: "It's not like anything he's done before. There is no competition. We are all talented singers.
"We've been there and done it and I think we are well qualified for what we are doing."
'The Voice' starts on BBC One tonight (24.03.12) at 7pm, while 'Britain's Got Talent' starts an hour later on ITV1.