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Cowell 'felt sick' at Gates defeat

Simon Cowell has admitted that 10 years on he still cannot bring himself to watch the first Pop Idol final because he was so disappointed that Gareth Gates lost.

The reality show supremo said his first impressions of the eventual winner Will Young were that he was "obnoxious" and "full of himself".

Speaking on ITV1's The Talent Show, Simon said his opinion of Will had not changed.

He said: "I thought, 'this will be interesting - you don't like me, I don't like you' ... and nothing's changed particularly."

Nikki Chapman, who was alongside Cowell on the judging panel for the 2002 series, said Gareth had "the most beautiful voice", admitting: "We were all smitten."

Simon said the shock result which saw Will win made him feel "sick".

He said: "I still to this day can't watch the final back because I was really, really disappointed. I really liked Gareth and wanted him to win."

The new five-part series, which includes contributions from Dannii Minogue, Piers Morgan, Tulisa Contostavlos and Pete Waterman, starts on Saturday at 8.30pm.

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