Simon Cowell: ”The Voice’ is a rip-off of ‘The X Factor”

TV mogul says he finds rival show 'a puzzle' and says it should be on the radio

Simon Cowell has taken a dig at The Voice by suggesting that it is a rip-off of The X Factor.

Speaking on Radio 4’s Today show, the TV mogul said that he didn’t understand why the BBC talent show – which was previously locked in a ratings battle with his ITV venture Britain’s Got Talent – was on television instead of the radio.

“That show [The Voice] puzzles me because it starts off and ‘it’s all about the voice’,” he said. “So my first thought is, ‘Why isn’t this on radio?’ because what’s the point in looking at them. Then suddenly I’m watching it a week or two weeks ago and it’s the same as The X Factor. They’ve got dancers behind them, graphics, lights. Same show.”

He went on to add:

I see a lot of shows trying to rip us off. If you try and rip somebody off it always looks like a bad copy.

Earlier this month (May 5), it was reported that Cowell was in secret talks with the BBC, to discuss the possibility of leaving ITV for the rival broadcaster to work on a drama series.

Last week (May 11), meanwhile, The Enemy’s frontman Tom Clarke hit out at Cowell for exploiting people with “miserable lives” on shows such as The X Factor, and also branded him as a “parasite”.