Simon Cowell was cursed by a witch after she was voted off Britain's Got Talent, according to fellow judge Piers Morgan. The mistress of the dark arts failed to impress the judging panel - Simon, Piers and Amanda Holden - in auditions for the reality TV show and so cast an evil hex upon them all, reports The Sun. Piers told Radio Five Live: "A witch came on and after she got voted off she came in and cast a spell on Cowell, Amanda and me. "We were left a little bit twitchy about what she'd actually done to us - it was fairly horrific. It involved a form of witchcraft. "She went off stage and had a quick chat with Ant and Dec and then floundered back and said, 'You're all doomed'. "Then we had a really bad session, the worst ever, in fact." The 43-year-old former Daily Mirror editor said spooky goings on in Birmingham on Friday was more upset to the judges following the axing of new judge Kelly Brook, 29, after just six days. But he added: "That was just a really unfortunate thing, where the format of four judges just didn't work. It became too tedious. "It wasn't really Kelly - the format was just killing itself." Get exclusive access to your favourite stars. Subscribe to TV Times magazine
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Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix.
An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.