Piers Morgan has claimed that there will be even more ‘creative tension’ between him and Simon Cowell in the new series of Britain’s Got Talent.
The judging pair were constantly winding each other up in the first series of the hit ITV talent show, with third judge Amanda Holden acting as the ‘calming influence’ in between.
And as the trio return with fingers poised on buzzers for the latest look at Britain’s most weird and wonderful variety acts, Piers says it’s likely to be business as usual.
“We’re both very, very competitive and that ‘creative tension’ tends to spill over every now and again, usually over some singer who doesn’t fit his ‘good-looking, super-talented, young’ image criteria,” he said.
“My favourite exchange came when he flipped one day and said: ‘May I remind you that I have sold 150 million records’ to which I replied: ‘Sure, so long as I can remind you that I have sold 3.1 billion newspapers’. Which is true. He was temporarily silenced by that.”
Piers says the 2008 competition is much more open – and may even have a canine winner.
“The interesting thing about this year is that I think the field is a lot more open than last year, when it was fairly obvious to everyone that Paul Potts was the stand-out favourite.
“We could even have our first non-human winner, there is a dog so talented that Simon called her the ‘New Lassie’.”
Britain’s Got Talent starts on ITV1 on April 12.