Simon Cowell Recruits Paralympics Star

Simon Cowell has revealed plans to honour Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic heroes on the X Factor. The 52 year old music mogul has confirmed The X Factor will have an Olympics special when the competition moves into its live stage.

Cowell described Walsall-born swimming sensation Ellie Simmonds as “a star” after her heroics in the pool at the Paralympic Games.

Confirming the Games special, the media mogul added: “We’re going to do something around the Olympics on one of the live shows so they’re all welcome.

Cowell said: “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.”

And the 52-year-old said viewers would have to “wait and see” whether Team GB stars Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis would appear as mentors on the ITV1 programme.

Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic teams have been cheered on by sell-out crowds throughout London 2012 – as the nation takes both sets of Games to its heart.

Up to 2.5 million tickets for the Paralympics are expected to have been sold by the end of the Games, and record TV audiences have prompted Channel 4 to clear its day-time schedule to boost coverage.

Nearly three million people tuned in to see Simmonds smash the world record to win gold in a sensational 400m freestyle race.

And after winning gold in the SM6 200m medley, the 17-year-old received her third medal of London 2012 – getting bronze in the 50m freestyle.

Speaking after today’s race, she said: “I’m so happy. I’m really chuffed to get a bronze medal, I can’t believe it – I was only looking to get a pb.”

Cowell is determined to pull out all the stops to boost ratings after a poor start to the current series.

This year’s launch show scored the worst ratings result since 2006 with 9.9million fans tuning in. But that figure dipped to 9.7m at the weekend in a backlash over the lack of singing on the show.

ITV1’s flagship entertainment show faces stiff Saturday night competition from rival offerings in coming weeks.

On September 15, Channel 4 launches Comedy World Cup, which will see top comics battle it out in a series of challenges.

And Strictly Come Dancing kicks off on the same night on BBC1.

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