Simon Cowell plans new reality talent show for dogs

Simon Cowell (Britain's Got Talent 2012)

Simon Cowell is reportedly planning a new reality talent show for dancing dogs.

The new ITV1 series, apparently called Take The Lead, will see celebrities and their dogs performing in front of a live studio audience.

Britain’s Got Talent winner Ashleigh Butler will be one of the show's judges while Britain's Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon will host the series.

Starting with a special one-off episode, the programme is set to air this Christmas period, with The Sun tipping it to go up against Strictly Come Dancing's annual Christmas special.

A supposed pal revealed to the newspaper: “Simon is very excited about this show. It’s no secret that he loves dogs."

The success of Simon Cowell's shows has been mixed this year, with new efforts such as Red or Black and the X Factor in the USA struggling to take off.

But the music mogul is continuing to try out new formats, with cookery show Food Glorious Food set to premiere next year.

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