It’s not hard to arouse the ire of the notoriously testy Simon Cowell, so it’s no surprise that he’s venting his anger over what he sees as unfair scheduling by NBC TV.
Cowell’s newly revamped talent competition “The X Factor” makes its season debut next week on Fox, and hopes new judges Britney Spears and Demi Lovato will pull in big ratings. Unfortunately, at the last minute, NBC decided to add a third night of its rival show “The Voice” on Wednesday, the same night as the “X Factor” debut.
A ticked-off Cowell spoke to the press today, and he was not happy. “It is a spoiling tactic. They (NBC) don’t want people to see this first episode. I think it is mean spirited and I hope and I pray it backfires on them because this is one of the best shows we have ever made.”
“I am pissed off about it, because I think there’s a kind of gentleman’s agreement (not to go head to head). But we have to rely that the viewers will make the right selection.”
Cowell is especially angry about having former Disney kid stars Spears and “The Voice” judge Christina Aguilera pitted against each other. As he told TMZ, “Britney’s not going to appreciate the fact that Christina – who has been a bit of a rival – isn’t allowing Britney to have a night of her own. She’s going to be devastated because she has put her heart and soul into this.”
Will that be enough to lure viewers to “The X Factor?” We’ll all find out next week.