Simon Cowell brands Bruce Forsyth “Mr Grumpy”

Head judge swipes at Sir Bruce for saying young acts shouldn’t take part in Britain's Got Talent

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Earlier this month Sir Bruce Forsyth criticised Britain’s Got Talent for allowing children’s acts to take part, telling the Mail on Sunday it was an “ordeal” rather than entertainment. Simon Cowell sure wasn’t happy about it, as proven by a string of sarcastic comments apparently aimed at Sir Bruce on last night’s BGT. 

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After 11-year-old Arisxandra had wowed the crowd with a Whitney Houston rendition (judge David Walliams even gave her a standing ovation) Cowell said “I think it was one of the best performances of the night and I’d like to dedicate this one to Bruce.”

The head judge also appeared to have invented a new nickname for Sir Bruce – Mr Grumpy. After dance troupe Youth Creation had finished their performance, Cowell coolly asked, “Someone, Mr Grumpy, said we shouldn’t have children your age on the show. So what do you think? Yes or no, should you be here?”

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Cowell may feel he’s made his point but we can’t help thinking he’s missing a trick here. Sir Bruce actually suggested a new show among his criticisms – British Children Have Talent. Maybe he was looking for a partnership rather than a row?