It seems the X Factor boss whose company recently witnessed great loss is not ready to leave anything to chance.
Recently, Gary Barlow floated a new reality TV music show “Let it Shine” which debuts Saturday on BBC One, but the X Factor boss thinks the show has a lot in common with his X Factor as well as his La Banda, South American talent music show.
Simon as gathered, is thinking that the close similarities could infringe his right which has made him want to take a legal action against Barlow.
He also discovered that, just like X Factor, “Let it Shine” will feature auditions judged by a panel, and successful candidates will go through to a ‘bootcamp’ stage before the live finals.
According to Cowell’s close pal: ‘Let It Shine is all very similar to The X Factor. There are people who will be watching closely and Simon is ready to launch legal action.
‘There’s no love lost between them so Simon has no qualms holding Gary to account or protecting his business interests.’
More worrisome to Simon Cowell is that his rival- Barlow, was ‘very much part of the X Factor family’. She was originally recruited by The X Factor boss to become a head judge on The X Factor in 2011, while he launched a version of the show in the US.
More so, Former Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp will join Barlow as a panelist, whilst the Take That singer has also snatched Dannii Minogue from the Australian version of The X Factor.
As if that wasn’t enough, Barlow even moved to lure the current X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger to her side, but the X Factor boss quickly renewed her stay in X Factor.
Not only that, the X factor boss learned that Olly Murs – the singer who came runner -up on 2009’s X Factor – is to feature on “Let It Shine” as a guest artist.
However, if ” Let It Shine” succeeds, 45-year-old Barlow could also stand as the new king of Saturday night television snatching it from the X Factor boss- Simon Cowell.
Meanwhile, the show network- BBC has said that ‘Let It Shine is an original format and bears no resemblance to any other format around the globe.’