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Simon Cowell tricked Amanda Holden into thinking Cheryl was replacing her on BGT

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Britain’s Got Talent supremo Simon Cowell has revealed how he conned co-star Amanda Holden into thinking she was being dumped from the show for Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.

Simon Cowell

Simon played a prank on Amanda (Anthony Devlin/PA)


The former Girls Aloud star, who has done two stints on The X Factor, had an ill-fated few weeks on the US X Factor before Simon kicked her off the panel.

Simon, who recorded a prank phone call to Holden for Radio 1's Breakfast Show, told reporters: “You’ll have to listen to Nick Grimshaw’s show to understand what this is all about.

“I did wind Amanda up on the show. I told her she was being replaced for three days a week by Cheryl on the live shows because she was younger and knew more about music.”

Amanda Holden.

Amanda said that she felt bitter towards Cheryl, who knew nothing about it (Doug Peters/EMPICS)


Amanda, who sits on the BGT judging panel with Simon, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams, said: “I have to say I feel really bitter towards Cheryl and she doesn’t know anything about it.”

Simon was asked to pinpoint Britain's Got Talent’s enduring appeal – it has been on screen for almost a decade – and joked: “I would have to say me”.

He added that he had turned down an approach in the US to do an animal-only talent show.