Cowell 'bans' sob stories on Britain's Got Talent - Daily TV round-up

Show boss won't be looking for sad backstories in auditions.

Simon Cowell has 'banned' sob stories for the forthcoming 'Britain's Got Talent' auditions.

The show boss told prospective contestants in Belfast that tugging on heart-strings wouldn't be getting them a place on the show.

He even told one singer that he was 'bored' of such stories, after they began telling him about how music had saved them from a hard life.

“I've heard the sob story before,” he said. “Not many people can come on stage and sing like that.

“I am bored of these sob stories now. I hate to sound harsh but I am.”

His co-judge on the panel Amanda Holden agreed.

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“Everyone has got struggles,” she added. “You just need to stand on that stage and sing.”

During the auditions, the first time the show has gone to Belfast, Cowell also met his namesake, who came to sing for a place on the TV talent show.

Unemployed former taxi driver Simon Cowell did not manage to persuade the millionaire mogul Simon Cowell, however.

“I never thought I would say this - 'Simon Cowell it's a no',” said Cowell. [Daily Mirror]

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