Simon Cowell axes first 10 BGT acts

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 17 January 2013
Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell axed the first 10 acts to perform for judges at the 'Britain's Got Talent' auditions in Cardiff yesterday (16.01.13)

Simon Cowell axed the first 10 acts he saw at the 'Britain's Got Talent' auditions.

The famously hard-nosed judge was unimpressed by the first crop of people who appeared in Cardiff yesterday (16.01.13) and sent all of them home.

The move is part of the TV mogul's shakeup of his shows, after 'The X Factor' dropped a number of viewers when it aired last year.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "With 'The X Factor' on the wane, it's doubly important for Simon to make 'Britain's Got Talent' a success. He believes the only way to do that is with the best acts.

"He's shaking up 'The X Factor' and that's spilling over into 'BGT'.

"Simon is happy to show the rubbish acts getting a pasting in the audition rounds. But for the live finals he's looking for the seriously unique and astonishing.

"Yesterday's first auditions show saw him take a very no-nonsense approach.

"He's going back to basics - rubbish acts are buzzed off and good acts put through."

Simon has returned to the UK after an extended Christmas break in the Caribbean, and fellow 'Britain's Got Talent' judge David Walliams joked he'd been along with him, saying: "He kept me tied up in his cabin."

At the auditions, Simon joked with Amanda Holden, who sits on the panel with him, David and Alesha Dixon.

After microphones picked some interference, creating a buzzing noise from her direction Simon quipped: "The buzz is coming from under your chair, Amanda."

However, she was quick to get back at him saying: "You gave it to me for Christmas, Simon."

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