“It has been tough this year because the dynamic has changed with Simon; a wedge has come between us in the shape of a baby. I feel he should have impregnated me!
“His honesty. I think that’s why the public love him and that’s why he’s the world’s favourite talent show judge. He’s always honest and he doesn’t seem scared about hurting people’s feelings, which I know seems harsh but you have got to be honest because a lot of people come on and say ‘It’s my dream to be the next Elton John’ but if they don’t have the talent you have to be honest with them, otherwise the show has no integrity.
“He’s always good at being very honest and spotting what is wrong with something, and he is very rarely wrong. He’s created more stars than anyone else I can think of in the modern age. He’s got a great sense of the public’s taste. He’ s the ringmaster, he’s not a shadowy figure behind the scenes, he is always involved and he is confident in his own opinions. We [fellow judges] certainly miss him when he’s not there, because we are often more hesitant to be blunt with people.”
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Britain's Got Talent returns this Saturday at 7:15pm on ITV