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Simon Cowell 'bans X Factor hopefuls from singing Dreamgirls song'

The X Factor judge told one auditionee it's "too heavily linked to another show".

Simon Cowell has reportedly banned The X Factor hopefuls from singing songs from musical Dreamgirls because of its link to The Voice coach Jennifer Hudson.

The Voice coach, who was a finalist on The X Factor USA, played the leading role of Effie White in the big screen version of the classic Broadway musical, winning the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2007 for her stunning performance.

And according to a report in The Sun, the X Factor mogul is not keen on auditionees singing And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going it because of "it's too heavily linked to another show".

Cowell is currently in midst of auditions for the TV talent show and at an audition in Manchester earlier week, the 57-year-old reportedly stopped one wannabe mid-song to request she pick another track.

"X Factor and The Voice may both be on ITV now but Simon still wants to be the best show there and there's real rivalry there," a source told the newspaper. "This one girl tried to sing And I Am Telling You, which Jennifer sang in Dreamgirls but Simon stopped her immediately and told her to sing something else.

"He did let her try another three tracks so it's not like he shot her down there and then."

Cowell has previously admitted he's resentful of the success achieved on both sides of the Atlantic by The Voice. The franchise outperformed The X Factor in the ratings last year, and continues to be the highest-rated talent show on US TV.

Its success in the U.S. completely overshadowed The X Factor USA, which ended up being cancelled after just three runs.

“As much as I sulked about it - I still do, actually - you have to understand why it worked,” Simon told Billboard magazine. “The Voice feels very modern. I’ve never been a fan of artists judging artists, but the panel works so well.

But he stopped short of admitting he is a fan.

"I get irritated if I watch it. It’s like going round to someone else’s house and swimming in their pool. I’d rather swim in mine,” he said.

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