BGT contestants banned from talking about Cowell
- Bang Showbiz
- 1 May 2013
'Britain's Got Talent' contestants who reach the latter stages of the show reportedly have to sign a gagging order banning them from talking about Simon Cowell for life
'Britain's Got Talent' contestants are banned from talking about Simon Cowell for life.
Entrants on the show have to sign a document saying they will not discuss the reality TV mogul, the programme or any of its other judges while they are on the show or any time afterwards.
Hopefuls are reportedly told to think very carefully about signing the three-page document, which forbids them from even updating their Facebook pages about the show without Simon's prior approval.
An insider, who has seen the document, told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Compared to other TV show contracts, the scale and sheer number of the confidentiality clauses is highly unusual."
The wording of the document reportedly says contestants must not talk to the media about "any of the Talent... Including for the avoidance of doubt Simon Cowell, David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden."
The contestants are also forbidden from mentioning anything about the ITV show's audition process or "any incidents taking part in any house or home wherever in the world" belonging to any judges.
Another source said: "It must seem a pretty draconian contract, but contestants sign it when they get to the latter stages. If they don't abide by it, they could be sued."