Simon Cowell now admits that he made some disastrous decisions last year that made his two big shows slump in ratings.
Simon just came back on a two month holiday to reflect what went wrong to his two major shows, Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor.
He said 2010 was a good year but 2011 was a slow one for BGT and X Factor.
He admits that he had his ego check after that experience.
Simon stopped being the judge in BGT and X Factor UK to be part of X Factor US.
He also admitted that he made a bad decision that he fired Chery Cole as a judge.
“There are always stars waiting to be discovered. Sometimes they need to be pointed in the right direction and I don’t think that happened enough during the show last year.”
“I got a bit cocky. We got a big wake up call.”
The shows in 2010 got 19.4 million viewers and 15 million viewers.
But the BBC rival, Strictly Come Dancing always beat them to ratings.
Simon told the Sun, “We went into 2011 thinking. ‘It’s all going to be easy.’ and of course it was not. It was the year my ego was put in check.”
“We all got a big smug last year, I certainly got a bit too cocky. I ended 2010 on a real high. It was the Matt Cardle year, my favourite year – and the figures with X Factor is huge.”
He added, “I did have a plan thinking, ‘Your not going to be smiling so much next year if this comes off. With us and the BBC, I laugh about it, but there is unbelievable rivalry now.”
“But the Alesha thing was kind of fun. My decision to poach her was 70-30 on the fact that she was on Strictly and the fact that I liked her.”
“I knew the BBC was putting on The Voice. They have done this to have a pop at the X Factor and to have a go at the BGT ratings.”
Right now, Simon is preparing to make ‘changes’ on X Factor US.
But it will be a long shot because American Idol now has big ratings because of new hosts Steve Tyler and Jennifer Lopez.