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Simon Cowell Back to 'Britain's Got Talent'
January 03, 2012
X Factor creator and former American Idol judge Simon Cowell has decided to return as a judge on the UK television show Britain's Got Talent.
The Hollywood Reporter says Cowell will be heading to Britain this spring in a bid to boost the ITV1 network show, which struggled without him last year. In announcing his return, Cowell also pledged $410,000 of his own money to double the show's prize money to $820,000.
"I miss Britain and I miss the British public and I miss judging them. I want to find the next generation of talent in 2012," Cowell said. The move is not expected to affect his judging duties on FOX's music competition The X Factor.
In contrast to The X Factor, which focuses only on musical talent, Britain's Got Talent is open to all kinds of acts -- an aspect Cowell says appeals to him a lot. "I love originality, I love great singers, I love great comedians. I love things I've never seen before."
Cowell, who is known for his sharp-tongued criticism, adds: "Everyone thinks I hate magicians, well I hate bad magicians, but I'd love to find a great magician. I'd like to find the next Nsync or the next Backstreet Boys, the next Justin Bieber. I've always dreamt about finding a dog who can play guitar. And we've failed. So I want talented dogs. I really want one that can dance or can play an instrument."