Celeb interview Stephen Mulhern: ‘Simon’s much nicer these days!’
Stephen Mulhern reveals why this year’s Britain’s Got Talent is a must-see
It’s hard to believe but Stephen Mulhern has been presenting on our screens for over 20 years now. The 40-year-old is most famous for fronting Britain’s Got
More Talent since the show began in 2007, and here he reveals why he thinks his sister show has stood the test of time, while others like The Xtra
Factor have been axed…
Hi, Stephen! What can we expect from BGT this year?
I don’t understand where the talent has been hiding, because there are certain acts who, I believe if they’d entered last year, they’d have won. I do think a magic act will win this year. This series is stronger than any other in terms of variety. And [BGT judge] Simon Cowell is a completely different man.
What's changed about him?
I’ve done the show for 12 years and I can’t work it out, but he’s calmer, more relaxed, more open. He always gives
BGMT a lot of time, but one of the interviews we had with him was nearly 20 minutes long, which is a long time for him.
Do you think Simon has got nicer since becoming a dad to Eric?
I think you’ve hit the nail on the head. I think also, because Eric’s now four years old, having seen my nephews grow up, at that age you have more communication and maybe the dad thing has done him the world of good. He’s always been very supportive, but he’s mellowed.
Is there anything new we can expect this year?
The stuff the judges talk about at their desks has never been tapped into and their mics are on, so we’re going to play a live game with the judges on BGMT called, ‘Who said this about who?’ From what I hear, there’s some juicy bits of gossip coming out of it!
With The Xtra Factor having been axed, why do you think BGMT is still on the air?
You can get away with a lot more on BGMT, whereas with other sister shows, you may as well be watching the same show you watched on ITV all over again.
The judges lark around backstage
The presenter is also a magician, violinist and pianist!