Britain’s Got Talent: Simon Cowell wants a Brit to win

The head judge is pleased foreign acts are attracted to BGT, but admits he wants to see a British champ this year


It may be called Britain’s Got Talent but all nationalities are welcome and last year’s winners of the ITV talent show were Hungarian group Attraction, who scooped the crown with their mesmerising shadow performances.


Nevertheless, head judge Simon Cowell admits he’d like a Brit to take the title in the upcoming eighth series, which kicks off on Saturday. 

“I love the fact that people from other countries enter this show,” says Cowell. “It’s actually a compliment that they don’t want to do it in their own countries because they feel that Britain’s Got Talent is the best world showcase.

“But obviously, because I’m British. I would prefer a Brit winning.”

Of course, we have our own reality show exports, with British champions in the French X Factor and Chinese version of the show, too. Rumour has it we may even see the British champion of Spain’s Got Talent in this year’s live semi-finals. Having earned the new Golden Buzzer from Amanda Holden (which sends the chosen act directly to the live rounds), salsa dancing Grandma Sarah “Paddy” Jones could be back to have a go at a second title. 

Speaking of those Golden Buzzers, Simon isn’t sold on all of his fellow judges’ decisions. 

“Alesha’s I liked, Amanda’s I got, Ant and Dec I wasn’t there, my one was great and David’s one was a complete joke. I mean seriously, a total joke.”

Yes, all is well in the Simon and David Walliams bromance. Well, sort of. 

“It’s like having a child who’s suddenly turned into a giant at the age of 11; he is honestly mentally an 11-year-old in this huge body. He has a kind side but he can be very, very annoying to work with.”

Britain’s Got Talent returns this Saturday at 7:15pm on ITV