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Britain’s Got Talent auditions held in London

Simon Cowell arrived late for the Britains Got Talent 2013 auditions in London. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire Simon Cowell arrived late for the Britains Got Talent 2013 auditions in London. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Sunday, January 20, 2013
6:53 PM

Fans lined the red carpet to see the auditions for the latest series of Britain’s Got Talent in London today.

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Amanda Holden braved the cold in a backless dress. Picture: Yui Mok/PA WireAmanda Holden braved the cold in a backless dress. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Judge Simon Cowell, no stranger to his shows’ ratings making headlines, said good ratings mean “everything” to him.

“Everything. And also people liking the show as well, but the two kind of go together.

“You don’t want the figures to go down. You want them to go up.

“And it’s going to be very competitive but I’m used to that,” he said.

David Walliams was a hit on the show last year. Picture: Yui Mok/PA WireDavid Walliams was a hit on the show last year. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

When asked about what the best and worst things about working with Cowell are, judge Amanda Holden, dressed in a backless dress, deemed his poor time-keeping as his worst trait.

“The good things are he’s naughty, he’s fun, he’s generous, he’s mischievous.

“The bad things are he’s always bloody late.

“Everything starts at, like, 4pm in the afternoon. Some of us have got lives...children,” she said.

Alesha Dixon's outfit went with the snow. Picture: Yui Mok/PA WireAlesha Dixon's outfit went with the snow. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Judge David Walliams agreed: “It’s all good. He’s a lot of fun. He’s a very funny man and he’s great to spend time with.

“The only thing is he likes starting work quite late, so he’s probably still in bed now, so he won’t be here for a couple of hours.”

Cowell - who was the final Britain’s Got Talent face to arrive at the London audition after presenters Stephen Mulhern, Ant and Dec, Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Holden - admitted he misses doing The X Factor, and said he would be back on the judging panel if it was possible.

“It’s all to do with timing. It would be impossible to do the English show and the American show together.

“You’d just be knackered and it wouldn’t work. If the scheduling was different then of course I’d come back and do the English show. I miss doing it,” he said.

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