The Voice UK: Simon Cowell claims the BBC is jealous of The X Factor's success

The Voice UKSimon Cowell has claimed the BBC 'doesn't like' that The X Factor is so successful as he continues his war of words with rival singing contest The Voice UK.

The 52-year-old media mogul criticised the broadcaster at the press launch of his other show Britain's Got Talent, which will go head-to-head with The Voice on Saturday nights from this weekend.

Cowell said: "Of course I love talent shows, but if you ask the BBC, 'why do we need another singing talent show?', I would query whether you do or not. In my opinion they don't like the fact The X Factor's successful.

"They have every right to compete with us, but I have every right to arm ourselves so we're in a good place to beat them."

The BBC and ITV recently engaged in a scheduling battle, resulting in the first episodes of both shows - airing this Saturday - clashing for twenty minutes.

ITV had already brought Got Talent forward three weeks from its traditional mid-April launch, but it denied the move was motivated by The Voice.

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