Simon Cowell 'wanted to buy Strictly Come Dancing' claims rival showjudge Bruno Tonioli
Simon Cowell was considering making a swoop for his rival show Strictly, his close friend Bruno Tonioli has revealed to the Sunday People.
The former dancer and judge on the BBC1 competition said that music mogul Simon wanted the show - because his beloved mum Julie enjoys it so much.
Bruno, 57, admitted: “Simon Cowell watches everything. He is on the ball. His mum loves Strictly.
“I think he wanted to buy it years ago. It’s a wonderful show – the format is so good – perfect Saturday night entertainment. He loves it.
“It’s too late to buy it now. But he did think about it.”
Bruno, who along with Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel-Horwood marks the celebrity dancers each week also revealed that none of their jobs are safe.
He says that any decision is out of his hands.
“I think they may want to change the judges. It’s not my show, I am just an actor in a play. As it happens, in West End runs they can decide to recast it. Anything can happen. But whoever it is has to fit. There is such a good balance. It’s a fact. The balance of personality is very, very good – and with the panel of any TV show the hardest thing to do is find a balance of characters, and you need someone who can lead that.
“When the time comes the powers above will make the decision and the subjects will go along with it.”
And as for host Bruce Forsyth, who turned 85 in February, Bruno thinks it will cause a national uproar when he quits.
He said: “I think, and we all think, it can only be Bruce’s decision to quit. I love having him next to me. I have such laughs. He is so witty and funny. He is a national treasure and that decision can only come from him. There would be such uproar if he left. I think he will do it until he can’t.”