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Cowell ‘demands answers’

Simon Cowell “will not rest” until he finds a solution to his X Factor woes.

The 54-year-old music mogul is supposedly fuming over slipping ratings on the British version of the TV show.

It is rumoured Simon has demanded cast and crew to come up with a quick fix.

“Everything is up for grabs,” a source told UK newspaper The Sun.

“Just because Simon is no longer a judge on the show, it doesn’t mean he is hands-off — on the contrary, he has never been more hands-on.”

Simon is supposedly upset about drawing an average 7.6 million viewers per episode, less than the X Factor’s “arch rival” Strictly Come Dancing.

Apparently he can’t stand being second best.

“With Strictly winning the Saturday ratings battle, we know we’re now in a real dogfight. Simon and the producers will not rest until the Saturday show is performing better,” another show insider revealed.

“We have a battle on our hands but are determined to come out on top.

“It’s a case of rolling up our sleeves and working even harder.”

Simon is expecting his first child with his new girlfriend Lauren Silverman, who was wed to his friend Andrew Silverman.

Although he has been residing in Los Angeles for several years, it appears that he will relocate to his native UK very soon.

"Simon knows it makes sense to have a home in New York - it's where Lauren and her seven-year-old son are based," an insider told British magazine Star.

"The commute from London to the Big Apple is much easier than the slog to LA. It means he can be there for Lauren and the baby and concentrate on UK work projects. He has Britain's Got Talent auditions at around the same time as the baby is due."

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