Simon Cowell says that the chart success of Canadian acts such as Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepsen inspired him to meet with CTV executives in the hopes of creating a Canadian version of his popular singing competition, The X Factor.
“Look at what’s happened in the charts in the last ten years, all the Canadian talent; you’d be crazy not to try something,” the media mogul said Tuesday afternoon while meeting with the press at CTV’s headquarters.
Cowell flew to Toronto late Monday night between auditions for the U.S. version of The X Factor to discuss the possibility with network executives.
“What we’ve been talking about today is putting together a judging panel that can actually do the job they’re being paid to do: find the diamond in the ruff, change that person’s style of music to what he/she/they should be doing and create a star because, for me, that’s how I determine the success of these shows,” he explained.
The man behind the Idol and Got Talent franchises added that he personally felt let down by some of the previous international incarnations of his series, including the cancelled Canadian Idol, which he said “looked like a bad pastiche of what we were doing in the States.”