Simon Cowell attacks The Voice UK, accuses rival talent shows of X Factor ‘rip-off’

08:19 17 May 2012

Simon Cowell, who has criticised talent shows which are a

Simon Cowell, who has criticised talent shows which are a 'bad copy' of The X Factor and said he was 'puzzled' by BBC show The Voice

X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent supremo Simon Cowell has taken his boot to rival show on the BBC, The Voice.

In an interview for Radio 4’s Today Programme, Cowell accused other talent shows of trying to rip off X Factor.

He said: “If you try and rip somebody off it always looks like a bad copy.”

Asked if he was talking about The Voice, he laughed and said: “That show puzzles me because it starts off by saying ‘right it’s all about the voice’ so my first thought is why is this not on radio?

“What’s the point of looking at them?”

He said the show, which features Jessie J and Tom Jones as coaches, was “the same as X Factor, they’ve got dancers behind them, they’ve got graphics, lights, same show”.

Cowell, who described himself as “lucky, hard-working and weird”, said: “I think this business does make you a little bit odd.”

He admitted to having been worried about the future of his shows at one point when they failed to find credible acts.

He said: “We had this conversation about two or three years ago where, with the exception of Leona Lewis, I was getting nervous and I thought if we don’t find real stars from these shows after all the razzmatazz, all the promises, all the hype and you end with somebody whose going to put out a single and then go away it’s a waste of time, a waste of my time and everyone’s time.”

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