Simon Cowell wanted to buy Strictly Come Dancing
Simon Cowell is reportedly a huge fan of 'Strictly Come Dancing', and it is said he made a bid to buy the rights to rival TV talent show when it first started
Simon Cowell reportedly wanted to buy 'Strictly Come Dancing' during its early years.
The 'X Factor' boss is said to be a huge fan of the BBC celebrity ballroom competition and at one point he bid for the rights to the rival TV talent show.
A source told the Daily Star Sunday newspaper: "Simon loves 'Strictly'' and of course he watches. He just loves it. He wanted to buy it because the format is so good.
"It's perfect Saturday night entertainment. But it's too late for him now. It was years ago when it first started that he wanted it."
Instead, the dance show is locked in an annual rating battle with the 54-year-old star's singing contest.
However, Simon is said to be angry at the possibility prison officer Sam Bailey is on her way to victory instead of Tamera Foster - to the point he will offer his favourite a huge record deal even if she loses.
Speaking to The Sun on Sunday newspaper, an insider said: "Simon is besotted by Tamera and has dollar signs in his eyes when she signs.
"He thinks she's the full package and is young enough for a long career. He thinks of a young Beyonce when he thinks of Tamera.
"Simon knows she is more marketable than Sam and is prepared to put his money where his mouth is."