31/03/2012 12:01 BST | Updated 31/05/2012 10:12 BST

Britain's Got Talent: Simon Cowell Causes Last-Minute Panic Ahead Of Second Show

Britain's Got Talent was in a crisis on Friday as Simon Cowell ordered last minute edits and rewrites in a bid to attract more viewers than BBC rival The Voice.

The talent show boss apparently ripped this Saturday's episode apart, ordering so many chops and changes that his staff were left wondering which acts would and wouldn't be included.

Even spin-off show Britain's Got More Talent fell victim to frantic last-minute cuts - with host Stephen Mulhern called back to London from Manchester to rework his voice-over links.

Stephen told The Sun: "People don't realise how all over it Simon is. He is a judge but he also covers every bit of that show, there is not one bit that goes out that he hasn't signed off."

He adds that Simon's main aim for this year was to "turn the show on its head".

Last Saturday, The Voice attracted three million more people than BGT during the 20 minutes when the shows overlapped.

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