Simon Cowell vows to judge Britains Got Talent until he retires

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The music mogul, 62, who is back for a new series tonight, says he will stay on as a judge – flying the flag for older stars – until at least 2025. He said: “I just say 65 is the new 40. When I was 40, I thought: ‘God, what am I going to do when I’m 60?’

“And I kind of feel the same as I did then. Thank goodness we can all look and feel a bit better now.

“It’s all about energy. And I’ve seen people at 50 look exhausted, terrible. In reverse, I’ve seen people in their 80s who’ve still got it mentally, who look good, feel good and are running marathons.”

The dad of one’s zest for life follows him breaking his back in an e-bike prang in 2020 – and last year he flew over the handlebars, breaking his arm.

His brush with serious injury led him to overhaul his diet – and Simon is proud of the results.

He said: “I’ve cut sugar, dairy, gluten. That has made a difference.”

He joked: “I looked at a picture of myself about four years ago, I mean, Christ.”

Asked whether ITV show formats such as The Masked Singer posed a threat to BGT’s long-term future, he added: “No, I don’t believe that.

“When you don’t get good contestants, you might have a problem. That’s always my biggest concern.

I think that when you’ve got something that works, you know, just stick with it. And make sure you’ve got great people and great stories.

“Okay, if nobody watches the show this year, I might go, ‘we have a problem’. But I think people are looking forward to it.”

Britain’s Got Talent launches tonight at 8pm and continues tomorrow at 7.35pm on ITV

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