Former American Idol judge and current X Factor judge Simon Cowell has never been known for being nice — in fact, he became popular solely because he was just outright rude. But this time, he's really messed up.
Simon didn't just make an offhanded insult to a performer on stage — instead, he now has both the BTS army and the Little Mix stans up in arms against him. In an interview with The Sun, Simon talked about the new TV show he's producing, and he made some enemies in his advertisement.
His new show is was meant to be another spinoff of X Factor, called X Factor All Star, where previous victors of the show compete against each other for the ultimate title. Instead, he told The Sun that it would be called X Factor The Bands where the goal is to produce one girl group and one boy band to compete against each other. And this is where Simon got himself into hot water.
He said: “K-Pop is ruling the world. This is a show to find a band to launch UK-Pop. It’s more than winning a record contract, it’s starting a new music wave.
“Every group will be put together by us — just like One Direction, Little Mix and Fifth Harmony. It’s people who represent Britain’s version of K-Pop. That was always our plan. We’ve just brought it forward a bit.”
The show would be a direct competition to Little Mix's new show The Search.
Little Mix recently announced their own television competition show, which is basically doing the same thing that X Factor The Band. The tea is that Little Mix, who used to be represented by Simon, originally approached him to work on the show with them.
At the time, Simon said that he couldn't work with them because of a "conflict of interest."
"This is what really happened," he told The Sun. "I was approached to co-produce that show last year by Little Mix’s management. I told them the problem was we have a conflict of interest because we are launching X Factor The Band in 2020. We were told their show was going to launch in 2021."
Since then, The Search's launch date has been moved up, which puts the two shows in direct competition with each other.
Simon doesn't think it's a big deal, though, and welcomes the competition.
"Regardless, it was too much fun not to do this year," he said. "I would rather it was us doing it first... It 100 per cent makes it more exciting there being a battle.”
BTS fans are mad because Simon said he was looking to popularize "UK Pop."
Simon admitted that he was hoping his new show would create bands that would directly compete with groups like BTS, which are an internationally popular K-pop group.
“K-Pop is ruling the world," Simon said. "This is a show to find a band to launch UK-Pop. It’s more than winning a record contract, it’s starting a new music wave."
K-pop stands for "Korean popular music," and wanting to usurp the whole genre with something that's already been done will never go over well with fans.
And of course, Simon gave examples of the already-established "UK-Pop groups."
"Every group will be put together by us — just like One Direction, Little Mix and Fifth Harmony," Simon said. "It’s people who represent Britain’s version of K-Pop. That was always our plan. We’ve just brought it forward a bit.”
As though these groups weren't already "forward a bit," but OK, Simon.