Simon Cowell: Foreign acts make Britain’s Got Talent more of a competition

It's the "Brits versus the rest of the world" says Cowell, who is backing a homegrown act to win this year

The Got Talent format has earned 58 spin-off shows around the world, but that doesn’t stop acts heading to the UK to audition – a fact boss Simon Cowell is rather happy about.


“We do attract foreign acts and they’re welcome. They like to be able to show the Royal family [their talent].”

The Royal Variety performance prize is, Cowell says, “What makes this show unique and I think it’s why we get so many people from around the world entering the show because it is a big deal for them to perform in front of the royals.

“I like it because it makes it more of a competition, the Brits versus the rest of the world.”

But while Hungarian shadow troupe Attraction were last year’s standout winners, the head judge is still certain “a Brit will win this year”.

With Susan Boyle, Diversity and Ashleigh and Pudsey among their crop of successful stars, what are the Britain’s Got Talent judges – who remain for the third year in a row Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams alongside Cowell – really looking for?

“It’s hard to know what it is because we’ve not seen it before,” says Walliams, who reveals they were hoping for more animal acts off of the back of Ashleigh and Pudsey’s success.

“But they were all dreadful,” Walliams admits.

However, each judge has one act apiece to really back this year. The inclusion of the new Golden Buzzer allows all four judges to send one act they like straight through to the live semi-finals. Amanda, feeling pretty confident her chosen act will wow the public, was quick to confirm its chance of winning. “It has a real shot”, she says, with Cowell adding his has a “good chance” at the title, too.

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