Simon Cowell has his next project in his sights: he would like to be in charge of the next leaders’ election debate. In fact, he’s hoping that a certain magazine can help to make it happen.

“Can Radio Times start a petition for me to produce the next leaders' debate? I would love to do that! I’d do it in a heartbeat! Hundred per cent,” Cowell said in this week's issue.

Cowell, who’s usually to be found judging Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor, believes TV election coverage needs jazzing up. “I’d have walk-ons, music, fire… And a trap door if people didn’t like what they said. And I’d definitely have a clapometer. I am deadly serious.”

“Can we start a petition? I really would love a chance to do that!”

Watch this space.

Read the full interview with Simon Cowell and David Walliams in this week’s Radio Times, available in newsagents and from Apple newsstand from Tuesday 19th May

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