Gary replaced Simon as a judge on the talent show after he quit in 2011, but now that Simon has announced that he’s returning to the series, he revealed that he wasn't too impressed with Gary’s judging methods.
“Essentially that is what you are doing with the ‘X Factor’ judging panel. But if Gary and I were running a record label we would do it in a different way.”
Simon has also admitted that his experience in the music industry before becoming involved in TV talent shows - he did discover the musical greats Mr. Blobby and the Teletubbies after all - makes him better qualified for the judging job than popstars who have sat on the panel.
The music mogul also defended his recent decision to lower the ‘X Factor’ age limit for auditionees to 14, and responded to Gary's comment that 16-year-olds are too fragile for the show.
“If you look at the charts now, the 14-year-olds are more like 16, 17-year-olds. So it felt the right way to go.”
As well as appearing on ‘The X Factor’ later this year, Simon is a judge on the new series of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, which kicks off ON Saturday 12 April at 7.15pm on ITV1.