Following the reports last week that Britain's Got Talent and The Voice look set to clash again later this year, Simon Cowell has appeared to warn the BBC to "budge" the new reality TV talent show when they both return to our screens.
According to the Daily Star Sunday, Simon, who did battle with the beeb last year, said:
"I think it would be silly if we went up against The Voice – they lost out in the end.”
Simon reportedly wants The Voice to reschedule (WENN / ITV)
Having gained most of the ratings share when the two shows first went head to head last year, The Voice's victory soon turned to defeat as BGT took over when the final approached.
Claiming that the clash will "dilute" viewers who may want to watch both shows, Simon added: "The trouble is you dilute the viewers and the viewers in the end miss out on that. I don’t think it will happen again. I’d guess that it is them who will budge and not us.”
Whilst Simon might be geared up to do battle against The Voice in the TV ratings, it appears that he doesn't have anything against people who have auditioned for the show after the media mogul and his fellow BGT judges gave former The Voice contestant, Bill Downs, four yes' to move into the next round.
What will the BBC do? (WENN / BBC)
Hitting out at The Voice, The Sun quoted Simon saying after his audition: “I didn’t watch it – like a lot of other people...We don’t have those silly battle rounds here.”
An insider added: “Simon’s dislike of The Voice was clear, but he was backed by the audience who cheered his every word. Bill’s a very talented singer and The Voice were obviously stupid not to see that. He wowed the judges and the audience.
“The BBC will be spitting blood if Bill wins the show and goes on to be a huge success.”