The talent judge shut down the record label via which he used to offer deals to X Factor and BGT stars – and admits he has changed his views over how he rates singers on his show
Simon Cowell has admitted that he is no longer looking for a chart topping star via Britain’s Got Talent – just someone with a voice he likes.
The 62-year-old mogul has uncovered a raft of sensational talent via his long-running variety show – with bands, dance troupes, magicians and more being uncovered over the years.
And while three past winners have been singers over the 15 year history of BGT, Simon has hinted he doesn’t expect to find any more breakout singers from the show.
However, he does look forward to uncovering more singers with voices he admires – and that his views changed after he shut down his music label.
Asked by The Sun if he judges singers on BGT differently now he has no record label to offer them a deal via, Simon said: “I suppose so. I think in the same way as you buy an album or a track, you like what you like.”
Simon also hinted he is unsure if the changing face of the music industry is helping true talents reach their full potential.
He added to The Sun: “What’s interesting now is there are so many outlets for singers, what with social media platforms, however, weirdly there aren’t a lot of new artists breaking out at the moment.
“I think the reason is everyone’s doing the same thing. So I try and encourage people to do something different.
“Like on BGT when someone comes on and sings a song I’ve heard a million times before, I try and advise them not to do what everyone else is doing.
“Britain’s Got Talent is an amazing platform for singers, you get it right, choose the right song and boy it can change your life overnight.
News broke back in January that Simon was shutting down his Syco record label – meaning staff would lose their jobs.
A source told the Mirror at the time: “People are understandably sad – but totally get how things change. And everyone’s been thinking back of all the happy memories they’ve had and of all the huge success and great times the business has enjoyed over the years.”
The source added: “Running Simon’s business internationally – especially during the pandemic and since his bike accident – has become exhausting and understandably Simon now wants to focus on other things, and particularly his family.”
While the decision to downsize the UK arm of his Syco company follows the closure of his Syco Music label in 2020.
The move means all his business interests are now based in the States, where he signed a contract last year to develop new ideas.
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