X Factor 2014: Simon Cowell blasts Beeb over Strictly Come Dancing clash

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X Factor boss Simon Cowell has hit out at the BBC over the latest upcoming Strictly Come Dancing clash.

The two shows will be facing off again next weekend after the X Factor bizarrely added an extra Friday show.

It'll see The X Factor air head to head with the first Strictly live show on Friday, September 26 at 9PM.

In an interview with the Daily Mirror newspaper, Simon claimed that the BBC should just admit that they're trying to beat his show.

"I think you kind of have got to be honest about it and the BBC, understandably are very competitive with us but they say they are not so I think it is much better just to be honest about it.

“Just say you want to beat X Factor. There’s nothing wrong with that."

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And despite it being The X Factor that's airing out of place against the usual Friday Strictly show, Simon added: “There is no logic for putting the shows on at the same time other than the belief that they can beat us and they want to harm the other show. It is what it what but why not say that.”

However the X Factor chief claimed it was "ITV’s decision" to run the bootcamp and judges' houses show over three days and described the new format as an "experiment".

He explained: "I think because also we ran Britain’s Got Talent obviously as a strip for years and this year it rated better on the Thursday or Friday then it did the Saturday interestingly enough, so I think they, they are confident people will watch it on a Friday.

"Actually there was so much footage to show it was better to run it across three nights than try and cram it into two nights."

While so far this year Strictly has out rated The X Factor, Simon suggested that the tables may turn later on in the year.

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He said: “I think in a way I’ve kind of got used to it now and I think it has kind of made us more determined.

“I think once we get into the live shows and we are head to head I’ve got a feeling it might turn around."

The X Factor continues this Saturday and Sunday on ITV while Strictly returns next Friday night.

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