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Simon Cowell 'loves' Pineapple Dance Studios

Simon Cowell 'loves' Pineapple Dance Studios
Simon Cowell 'loves' Pineapple Dance Studios (Image credit: PA Wire/PA Photos)

Simon Cowell has declared he's a big fan of Sky1's Pineapple Dance Studios (opens in new tab) - and wishes the reality show had been his idea. The Britain's Got Talent and X Factor judge is believed to have phoned producers to congratulate them on the show - admitting it's the only rival TV show he's been jealous of in five years. An insider told The Sun: "Simon doesn't exactly dish out the praise for rival shows so it was a huge honour to get the call. Let's face it, Simon Cowell knows what he's talking about when it comes to hit telly. "Everyone on the show has got a bit of a spring in their step today." Simon's interest has sparked rumours that he could be planning to make a show with Pineapple Dance Studios' camp choreographer Louie Spence (opens in new tab), who's proved a huge hit with viewers. Louie has already been linked with a judging role on Britain's Got Talent. A source said: "Louie is a real showman and he is not afraid to speak his mind. He is also a veteran dancer and choreographer so he knows his onions. "He would be perfect for Got Talent - but would need some training as he was a judge on Sky's Cirque De Celebrité and didn't exactly set the heather alight."

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.