Simon Cowell and Gary Barlow could go to war over rival talent shows

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Two of the music industries biggest names could end up facing off in a battle over TV talent shows.

X Factor boss Simon Cowell and Take That's Gary Barlow could be on a collision course after Gary and the BBC announced plans for their own series.

Let It Shine was announced last month and will see Gary and other judges search for performers for a new musical featuring the music of Take That.

However, it's been reported that concerns have been raised that the format could be similar to both The X Factor as well as Simon's more recent South American show La Banda (The Band).

While most talent shows share some common elements, according to the Daily Mirror, there may well be legal action if the similarities are too much.

"Simon’s team is keeping a close eye on Gary’s show," a source said this weekend. "They want to make sure that it’s completely different to his own projects – otherwise there could be trouble."

The insider continued: "As the trailblazer in the TV talent show sector, it’s no surprise Cowell wants to protect his brand.

"He keeps an eye on all the developments in the industry as they could impact on his business.”

A source 'close to Simon' added to the tabloid: Like all successful TV companies, Simon’s team identify what factors make any new shows different and what is intellectual property and copyright. This is normal practice.”

As yet no exact format for Let It Shine has been revealed but applications are currently open for hopefuls to apply.

The show, which will be hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Graham Norton, is expected to act as a replacement for The Voice UK on BBC One's Saturday nights in the new year, so won't go head to head with The X Factor.

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