Monday 11 December 2017

‘It was hell’ – Simon Cowell won’t do live judges houses again

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Simon Cowell faced a selection dilemma on X Factor
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Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Following the shambles that was live Judges Houses on X Factor this weekend, Simon Cowell has said he will "probably not" do the same next year.

The shows, which broadcast on Saturday and Sunday night, saw a new format in which judges Rita Ora, Cheryl Fernandez Versini, Simon Cowell, and Nick Grimshaw chose their final three acts live in studio after viewing the VTs of the auditions.

With the audience asked to participate by shouting for their favourites and the acts (on Saturday) asked to beg for their place, many viewers compared it to The Hunger Games.

However, the viewers at home were not the only ones appalled by proceedings, with Cowell branding the experience "hell".

Bupsi is through to the X Factor live shows
Bupsi is through to the X Factor live shows

"It was hell," he told Digital Spy. "For the first time, I know what it feels like to be a contestant. At that stage listening to people boo you."

Despite that fact, however, the music mogul conceded that the live element made it easier to choose the acts for his category, the Overs.

"I'm 100% fine with my decision. This is the first time I've made a decision on Judges' Houses watching it back as a member of the public. Normally I make it watching it back and I regret my decisions, so this was easier in a way.

"But we start again next week and they've got a point to prove so we'll see if we've made the right decisions or the wrong decisions."

Cowell will be taking Bupsi Brown, Anton Stephans, and Max Stone to the live shows which kick off on Saturday at 8pm.

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