BRITAIN'S Got Talent supremo Simon Cowell has accused the BBC of "silly rivalry", and reassured X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos her job is safe after the release of a sex tape.
ITV1's BGT and BBC One's The Voice start tomorrow and go head to head for around 20 minutes in the primetime Saturday night schedule.
Speaking at the press launch for BGT, Cowell said he would "probably watch about five minutes" of the BBC show which features Tom Jones and Jessie J among the judges searching for a singing star. He has also given his support for Contostavlos, who has accused an ex-boyfriend of betraying her by putting a sex tape showing the pair in "an intimate moment" on the internet.
The singer posted a video on YouTube in which she said she had "confronted" Justin Edwards, who performs as MC Ultra.
Cowell said: "It makes no difference with me about her coming back on the show -- 100pc.
"I mean, God, if I said no (to her coming back) it's allowing every sleazebag in the country to wreck somebody's career when she didn't do something wrong."
He describeD the person who leaked the video as "a scumbag" who should "literally find a hole and hide in it for the next week".
Cowell revealed at the press launch that he had tried to sign up former Strictly Come Dancing judge Alesha Dixon for the X Factor before she quit the ballroom show to join BGT.
He said: "The Voice was 100pc intended to be a competing show to X Factor so I thought, 'great, we'll nick Alesha'." He added the BBC was deliberately ramping up the rivalry and said the corporation should "get their sense of humour back".
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