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April 27, 2004

Daily Mirror (UK)

Pop Idol judge Simon Cowell is hoping to find a new Cliff Richard or Dusty Springfield with his next TV talent show. Mr Nasty has scrapped the upper age limit for contestants on ITV1's The X Factor after noticing the recent chart success of older artists. Cowell, 44, said: "We're not specifically looking for an 80-year-old pop star, but we have taken the age range off." The show will be Cowell's first since signing a 1.25million, two-year deal with ITV this month.

Any singer, or singing group, can apply if over 16. Cowell said: "People who are 35 or 36 won't take my crap. When I say they're the worst thing I've ever seen they won't say 'thank you' - I'll probably get my head kicked in." The three categories are older artists, younger artists and singing groups. Mel B and Westlife manager Louis Walsh are being tipped as the other judges. The public vote for an overall winner. Call 0900 2000 456 for details.

Posted by acapnews at April 27, 2004 8:10 AM

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