Simon Cowell has admitted he is considering quitting Britain’s Got Talent – due to what he describes as its “horrific” contestants.

The mogul told The Sun that if he stays with the show in 2011 he may skip the audition stage and only be a part of the judging panel for the semi-finals and final – meaning he would spend only one week working on the show.

“There are times when you watch these horrific acts and you genuinely think you can’t go on,” Simon said.

“I like doing the show but it takes a hell of a lot of time. Eventually something has to give. Can I see it working without me? Yes.”

Among the acts on Saturday’s show which failed to impress him are a parrot that eats mash and a woman with a penguin puppet who inflates items with a hosepipe.

After witnessing the latter Simon said, “I’m not going to be back next year. I’m not kidding. I can’t do this any more. I’m 50 years old.”

However despite this declaration he claims there is plenty of talent in the new series – and has tipped talented dog Chandi, who will be seen on Saturday’s audition show, to win.

“Chandi is my favourite,” he says of the dancing pooch. “She does ballet. She is one of the best dancing dogs I’ve ever seen.”