Simon Cowell Slams BBC Over Strictly And X Factor Clash
Reality TV mogul says corporation should be honest about aggressive tactics...
The telly tycoon, 54, insisted that he believes his show can still triumph over SCD in the ratings - following himself and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini returning to the ITV show.
"I think in a way I've kind of got used to it now and I think it has kind of made us more determined," he told The Mirror.
"I think once we get into the live shows and we are head to head I've got a feeling it might turn around.
"I mean it is good to have competition. I think you kind of have got to be honest about it and the BBC, understandably are very competitive with us but they say they are not so I think it is much better just to be honest about it.
"Just say you want to beat X Factor. There's nothing wrong with that."
And he went on to claim that the BBC must be trying to "harm" his show.
"There is no logic for putting the shows on at the same time other than the belief that they can beat us and they want to harm the other show," he explained.
"It is what it is - but why not say that."
SiCo also admitted to having respect and admiration for Sir Bruce Forsyth - who is no longer hosting SCD.
"What I did like about him was that he was unashamed about the fact that he was competitive," Cowell said.
"I remember him giving out the ratings to journalists one year. I love that. He is 8O odd years old and he really does care. He was truthful and honest about it.
"I think the show will miss him, I really do. I mean that's why they brought him out for that first show because they know that he is ratings."