20/01/2012 02:16 GMT | Updated 20/01/2012 02:17 GMT

Simon Cowell Wants To Send 'Britain's Got Talent' Winner Into Space

Simon Cowell wants to see the next winner of Britain's Got Talent among the biggest stars in the universe - by launching them into space!

You can't say the music mogul lacks ambition, what with him single-handedly making most people in the country snub nights out on the tiles so they can watch his TV talent shows.

After the flop that was last year's BGT, the main man is back on the judging panel alongside Amanda Holden and new judges David Walliams and Alesha Dixon, and he's determined to make it the biggest spectacle on earth, or more accurately, in outer space.

Yes, you heard it right - Simon wants to send this year's winner out in Sir Richard Branson's spaceship so they can perform in the stratosphere, and he's reserved himself a seat on the Virgin Galactic flight as well.

Speaking to The Sun, he said: "Richard Branson is the sponsor of the show with Virgin. We are trying to work out a way so that the winner of the show gets to go up in the spacecraft and will be the first person to perform in space.

"I'm being serious. You could be the first singer or dog act, whatever, performing in space. I would go on the spaceship myself - you have to have a lot of training. I love the idea that, if they are up for it, then they have the option of performing in front of the whole planet in space.

"I think it's great. Of course we have to think about the details, I mean, if you're a juggler then we'll need to make heavier balls.

"But I will make it happen. If it had been a few years ago Susan Boyle could have been singing Unchained Melody in front of the whole planet. This is worth tens of millions of pounds, but Richard genuinely is up for doing it. I'm not winding you up, Richard would pay for it. It can't be compulsory for the winner, but it will happen."

Seriously Simon, what planet are you on?