X Factor 2012: Simon Cowell confirms plans for 'Olympic special' live show

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X Factor boss Simon Cowell has confirmed plans for an Olympic special live show later this year.

It previously been reported that bosses were planning on recruiting Olympic stars to help mentor the contestants on how to 'win'.

The judges meanwhile would be providing their acts with appropriately themed songs, such as Tina Turner's Simply The Best and Spandau Ballet's Gold.

Referring to the Olympians and Paralympians, Simon Cowell told Channel 5 News: “I think we’re going to do something around the Olympics on one of the live shows so they’re all welcome.

“We like having heroes on our shows.”

Asked exactly who was being lined up for the show, Simon teased: "You'll have to wait and see!

"You’ll have to watch the show!”

However some Olympians have revealed they're not too keen on the idea, with gold medal cyclist Bradley Wiggins seemed rather unimpressed with the reports.

He said recently: “Let’s not talk about The X Factor. Compared to the Olympics, everywhere you went the country was on a high, and as athletes it was phenomenal to see that, then you see X Factor and it’s like, ‘Oh God, everyone’s got to put up with that all winter now’.”

Meanwhile track cyclist Sir Chris Hoy took to Twitter to claim: “Some amusing stories in press about me being a mentor on X Factor. That’s the first I’ve heard about it.”

Heptathlon star Jess Ennis was more positive about the rumours, but confirmed she had not been approached for such a show.

She told Daybreak this morning: “This is definitely news to me but it sounds like a brilliant idea. I’m a massive fan of X Factor so we’ll see.

“Obviously before the Olympics I was just training so hard and making sure that I didn’t miss anything so I had to turn a lot of things down and say no to things that I would loved to have done at the time.

“And now I can just relax now that I’ve got this medal and I can enjoy myself a bit now.”

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