Cowell cast in X Factor musical? - Daily TV round-up

Alexander Hanson is front-runner to scoop the role

The forthcoming 'X Factor' musical may have found its Simon Cowell, according to reports.

Alexander Hanson, who has appeared in shows such as 'The Bill', 'Casualty' and 'Auf Wiedersehen, Pet', is being lined up to play the Syco boss.

Hanson... the man who would be Cowell? (Copyright: Rex)

Sources behind the production, which is being penned by Harry Hill with songs from former 'Spitting Image' writer Steve Brown, said that Cowell was 'howling with laughter' at Hanson's reading of the part.

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“He’s not exactly a Hollywood A-lister but he does a bloody good Simon Cowell. Simon had to admit he was the right man for the job,” the source told The Sun.

If cast, he'd be charged with singing Cowell's big musical number, called 'Falling In Love With Myself'.

The story reportedly revolves around a wannabe singer called Shenise, modelled on Alexandra Burke and Leona Lewis, who makes the journey from the caravan park where she lives to the 'X Factor' auditions.

Cowell hopes to get the production playing at the London Palladium by next spring. [The Sun]

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