Simon Cowell Defends Britain's Got Talent Acts
SiCo insists that he believes in giving hopefuls a second chance...
The reality TV mogul was responding to press criticism of the show for allowing hopefuls who have previously appeared on TV to take part.
ImpressionistThe Voice this year.
Taking to Twitter, SiCo said: "We have had some stick regarding so called established stars appearing on bgt this year. We try and have a no rules policy on the show. Everyone who auditions is either looking for a break or a second chance.
"Would it be right to say to someone who has appeared on a show before you can't audition? The reason we always let the public vote is they can decide who they want to win.
"I am not whining. Simply wanted to explain there is no hush hush plot. I just think everyone deserves a second chance."
And he also cited the show's biggest success in support of his argument.
"I believe Susan Boyle had appeared on another tv show years ago," he pointed out. "Nothing happened. Bgt gave her another go. Is that wrong?"
I believe Susan Boyle had appeared on another tv show years ago. Nothing happened. Bgt gave her another go. Is that wrong?
— Simon Cowell (@SimonCowell) April 28, 2013
BGT beat The Voice in the ratings again at the weekend, peaking at 9.73 million viewers - compared to the BBC show's 7.97 million peak.
Amanda Holden recently defended SiCo's heterosexuality in an interview.