Simon Cowell 'gears up to launch new TV car show to rival Top Gear'
‘It’s a no brainer’: Simon Cowell ‘gears up to launch new TV car show to rival Top Gear’ after ‘axing’ X Factor
Simon Cowell is gearing up to launch a new TV car show, according to reports.
The music mogul, 61, is said to consider the decision a ‘no brainer’ having been approached by a ‘number of well-known car experts and racing drivers wanting to partner with him over the years’.
Simon is currently developing the new show – will rival Top Gear – and ‘eyeing up’ producers.
New show: Simon Cowell, 61, is gearing up to launch a new TV car show, according to reports and is said to consider the decision a ‘no brainer’
A source told The Sun: ‘Simon has always been a huge car lover — and a car show is always something he has been interested in doing.
‘He loves talking cars [and] right now there feels like an especially large appetite. The idea of a new car show is really a no-brainer for him.’
According to the paper, Simon, who appeared as a Top Gear guest in 2007, owns a string of eye-wateringly expensive cars, including a Rolls-Royce Phantom, a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, an Eagle Speedster, a £1million Bugatti Veyron and a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud.
As of 2018, Simon’s net worth had accumulated to approximately $550 million (£393m), according to Celebrity Net Worth.
A source said: ‘Simon has always been a huge car lover — and a car show is always something he has been interested in doing’ (pictured Simon on Top Gear in 2007)
MailOnline has reached out to Simon’s representatives for comment.
It was reported in July that X Factor had been axed after 17 years.
Simon is said to have pulled the plug on the ITV talent show – which launched in 2004 and last aired in 2018 – because he doesn’t want it to ‘become a bit of a joke.’
While around the world the format is still successful, it seems the music mogul has accepted in the UK ‘it has become slightly stale’ and so has reportedly decided to ‘shelve it’ for five years, but sources are claiming it’s now ‘unlikely’ to ever return, the Sun reported at the time.
Axed: In July it was reported that X Factor had been axed after 17 years
The news came less than a month after it was revealed that Simon was set to make his TV return with new ITV singing show, Walk The Line.
The Daily Star reported in June that the series will follow musical acts as they perform in front of the judges in a battle to win a cash prize.
The top two of the night will be asked whether they want to go home with some money or ‘walk the line’ to continue on in the competition to try to come first in the leaderboard.
If they chose to Walk The Line, they will have to go head-to-head against more performers but could hit the jackpot if they top the leaderboard.
The jackpot increases the longer a contestant stays in the show, so performers will have to chose if they want to go home with the money or gamble to win big.
The show will be co-produced by Simon’s Syco Entertainment and Lifted Entertainment, and the music mogul will no doubt wanting it to big budget production.
Simon told the publication: ‘I am thrilled to be working with Lifted Entertainment and ITV on this new project.
‘We wanted to develop a show which will give the contestants a life-changing cash prize if they win. Each show there will be a champion who must make a vital decision: either cash out then and there or stay in the contest to compete again the following night and have a chance to claim the huge prize.
‘It’s the kind of decision that will have viewers on the edge of their seats – real event TV, I’m very excited at giving musical talent the opportunity to transform their lives like never before.’
Why? Simon is said to have pulled the plug on the ITV talent show because he doesn’t want it to ‘become a bit of a joke’ (Pictured in 2005 with judges Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh)
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