21/05/2015 08:19 BST | Updated 21/05/2015 08:59 BST

Simon Cowell's ‘Ultimate DJ' Talent Show Given Spring 2016 Launch Date

Simon Cowell’s experimental new DJ show, ‘Ultimate DJ’ has been given a launch date.

The ‘X Factor’ boss’ search for the next big thing in the dance music world will air in spring 2016 on Yahoo’s streaming service Yahoo Live, according to Music Week.


Simon’s partner on the project, Patrick Moxey, confirmed the news at an event in Ibiza while being interviewed by Pete Tong, and said that the show would “give a massive global platform for new and emerging artists”.

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Simon Cowell

"When you think about the underground music that Ultra started with 20 years ago, and how it's now become a global lifestyle phenomenon today, to me, this is the next step in the evolution of this phenomenon,” he said.

"[The] show will take contestants, people with fantastic talent, and put them out to a mass audience.”

The winner will bag a record contract with Ultra Records and Sony, as well as headline slot at a major music festival.

News of the show was met with a mixed reaction from the dance music industry, with Fatboy Slim just one of those speaking out against it.

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Fatboy Slim

He revealed he turned down the chance to appear on it, telling Digital Spy last year: "Simon Cowell was talking about doing a show and everyone in the business, he kind of started approaching us, and we were like, 'F**k off. No - that's a terrible idea!'

"That's the good thing about dance music; it grows organically through drunk people late at night coming up with stupid ideas. It's not something that can be scripted or transported into a TV studio."

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