X Fac­tor chiefs tell Si: WE WANT MR NASTY BACK

Daily Star Sunday - - NEWS - ■ by ED GLEAVE

X FAC­TOR bosses have told Si­mon Cow­ell he’s not mean enough to con­tes­tants any more.

They reckon he has grown “too soft” and want to see him toughen up.

At a se­cret meet­ing, they warned him: “You’re too nice – we need you to bring Mr Nasty back!”

Pro­duc­ers are con­vinced view­ers love to see Si­mon, 58, be­ing mean to wannabes.

He shot to fame in 2001 as a judge on Pop Idol thanks to his acid tongue and no-non­sense ap­proach.

The per­sona earned him his “Mr Nasty” nick­name and helped him be­come a TV sen­sa­tion.

Si­mon soon be­came a judge on

The X Fac­tor and Bri­tain’s Got

Tal­ent. He went on to sim­i­lar suc­cess on Amer­i­can Idol and Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent.

He was known to mil­lions of fans around the world for be­ing the mean­est man on tele­vi­sion.

But in re­cent years he has be­come nicer and rarely doles out tough crit­i­cism.

Pals of Si­mon, right, say he has grown softer since be­com­ing a dad to son Eric in 2014.

But X Fac­tor pro­duc­ers are wor­ried his be­ing too nice is to blame for view­ers switch­ing off or tun­ing in to ri­val show Strictly.

At the meet­ing with ex­ec­u­tives the rest of this year’s series was dis­cussed in de­tail. Bosses are de­ter­mined to make it one of the best years yet. Our in­sider said: “Si­mon was po­litely told to get tougher. Pro­duc­ers know he is open to ideas and wants to make the best show pos­si­ble.

“He took on board what they’d said, so view­ers can ex­pect him to be the Si­mon they know and love for the rest of this series.”

Si­mon filmed his Judges’ Houses se­lec­tion last week along­side pal and for­mer judge Ch­eryl Tweedy.

They headed to Nice in the south of France to whit­tle down his cat­e­gory ahead of the live shows.

X Fac­tor in­sid­ers reckon view­ers will now see a tougher Si­mon as this year’s series nears the later stages.

A source said: “Si­mon is de­ter­mined for this year’s win­ner to be seen as a cred­i­ble artist. So it’s the per­fect time for him to get tough. If Si­mon is dish­ing out some home truths, the con­tes­tants will have to up their game and work even harder.”

An X Fac­tor spokesper­son claimed: “This story is com­plete rub­bish.”

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