Simon Cowell approves Voice reject
Simon Cowell has put Bill Downs, a former contestant on 'The Voice', through to the next round on 'Britain's Got Talent'
Simon Cowell has put a former 'The Voice' contestant through to the next round of 'Britain's Got Talent'.
The music mogul claimed not to recognise Bill Downs - who lost out at the Battle stage of the BBC contest last year - because he doesn't watch the rival show and was very impressed with the singer's performance at the London Palladium auditions last month.
After Bill explained he had previously been on 'The Voice', Simon said: "I didn't watch it - like a lot of other people. We don't have those silly battle rounds here."
A source added: "Simon's dislike of 'The Voice' was clear, but he was backed by the audience who cheered his every word.
"Bill's a very talented singer and 'The Voice' were obviously stupid not to see that. He wowed the judges and the audience.
"The BBC will be spitting blood if Bill wins the show and goes on to be a huge success."
Meanwhile, security were called to the Glasgow auditions after a group of 50 people staged a protest when Simon and fellow judge Amanda Holden voted against teenage duo The Elite.
Guitarist Jay Fitzpatrick - who is joined in the group by Jenna Milroy, 16 - said: "The crowd went crazy - everyone started to roar 'Bring back The Elite' and started booing Simon. Later, people were running around going mental.
"That's when the bouncers began to throw out the crowd that had gathered in the foyer on our side of the arena.
"They were going berserk. All these shouting people eventually got dispersed by the bouncers."
However, a show spokesperson played down the claims.
They said: "The crowd were keen for The Elite to go through but it's up to the judges.
"People were asked to leave because we needed space to load up for the next session."
Yesterday (03.02.13), Simon was forced to miss five hours of auditions due to a migraine, eventually joining the panel in Manchester at 8pm.