United Kingdom – The fall out from Electric Velvet‘s poor showing in Vienna continues in the UK media. Media mogul and X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent guru, Simon Cowell is often called on by fans to take over the contest. This week he showed some interest…
Speaking before Britain’s Got Talent final, Cowell confirmed:
“I have thought about picking up the reins for Eurovision. The problem is the timing, because I wouldn’t want it to compete with Britain’s Got Talent and we’re on at the same time.
“But I think the idea that I would take it on for one year and try to get someone to represent the UK, someone undiscovered, I would love that. “I don’t want to give anyone too many ideas but I think it would be fun.
“Electro Velvet weren’t good this year. They didn’t stand a chance. With the Swedish guy it was a proper record and the staging was great.
“I think it could be great, I’d do it.”
It’s not the first time Cowell has spoken of his interest. Cowell works with the BBC’s rival commercial TV station, ITV, so it is highly unlikely that the BBC would be interested in this idea and let go of Eurovision. ITV is however a member of the EBU under the UKIB/ITV umbrella. The United Kingdom’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest entries were broadcast and entered by ITV in 2003, 2004 and 2005.
This year’s viewing figures in the UK averaged 6.6 million viewers on the BBC on Saturday night, the lowest ratings for five years and lower than Cowell’s Britain’s Got Talent which was on ITV at the same time. 8.8m watched last year.
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