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

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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!

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