03/08/2015 11:42 BST | Updated 03/08/2015 11:59 BST

'X Factor' 2015: Simon Cowell Admits Last Year's Series 'Didn't Feel Right From The Start'

Simon Cowell has revealed that he’s keen for the new series of ‘The X Factor’ to improve on last year’s, admitting he felt there was something amiss with the most recent series right from the beginning.


Last year saw Simon and Cheryl return to the show after a three-year absence, alongside Mel B and Louis Walsh, but he now claims he didn’t exactly enjoy the experience of being on the show.

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Simon Cowell

Speaking to The Sun, the music mogul reveals: “I don’t know what it was about last year. It just didn’t feel right to me from the minute I started recording it.

“I never felt it was going to be that fun.”

We're sure Ben Haenow, Fleur East and... erm... Stereo Kicks are just thrilled to hear him say that.

However, he says that this year’s series, which sees Louis and Mel replaced by new recruits Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora, has a completely new atmosphere, adding: “This year, it feels different. I’m not putting it down to Cheryl but she’s in a different place and I’m in a different place.”

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Last year's panel

Simon was also full of praise for the newbies to the panel, calling Rita “adorable” and “a bit of a ditz”.

He said of Nick Grimshaw: “Nick can talk for England and is very funny and very likeable. I think you’re going to see a side of him you may not have seen.

“He’s great, although I don’t like that word, ‘Grimmy’. I don’t know what it is - I just don’t like the word ‘grim’. No, it’s ‘Nicholas’ on our show.”

Nick has even joked about his close relationship with Simon since joining the show, claiming: “Me and Simon love each other. David [Walliams] is out and I’m in.”

‘X Factor’ returns to screens this autumn.

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