Simon Cowell's revenge musical
Simon Cowell sees the 'X Factor' musical as the "ultimate revenge" on former judges Cheryl Cole, Dannii Minogue and Sharon Osbourne.
Simon Cowell sees the 'X Factor' musical as the "ultimate revenge".
The stage show has been written by comedian Harry Hill and he gave the programme's boss Simon an exclusive preview last week, and the music mogul was thrilled with the results, especially as it takes the mickey out of lots of people involved over the years.
There is a judge called Geordie, who spends most of her time sobbing into a Chelsea football shirt, a reference to former judge Cheryl Cole, who hails from Newcastle and was previously married to Chelsea player Ashley Cole.
Host Dermot O'Leary's character is portrayed as "pathetic and needy" while ex judges Dannii Minogue and Sharon Osbourne don't feature at all.
A source told the Daily Mail newspaper: "This is Simon's pet project and he's ecstatic with the script. He was in tears of laughter at the read-through.
"He knows how much trouble he's going to cause. Dermot, Dannii, Cheryl and Sharon will all be furious for different reasons. This is his ultimate revenge - he doesn't care who he offends."
The judging panel consists of actors playing Simon - who quit the UK version in 2011 to focus on the US show - and Louis Walsh, as well as Geordie.
The story follows one contestant's "journey" on the ITV singing show and the character, called Shenise, is thought to be based on 2008 winner Alexandra Burke.
Simon's company Syco has put a reported £10 million into the musical and is convinced it will be a huge hit in the West End.
The source added: "Simon is confident his musical is going to be a huge hit. He hasn't been this excited about a project for ages."