I'd Love to See Kiltie Cowell; Simon Denies Anti-Scot Bias. and Even Claims Glasgow Is His Home Town

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I'd Love to See Kiltie Cowell; Simon Denies Anti-Scot Bias. and Even Claims Glasgow Is His Home Town


Byline: Julia Kuttner

CHERYL COLE has a bizarre tartan dream - she'd love to see fellow X Factor judge Simon Cowell in a kilt.

The revelation from the gorgeous Girls Aloud singer comes during the first edition of the new series of the talent show tomorrow night.

Fellow judges Danni Minogue and LouisWalsh also return to search for the next big singing star - and as usual, Simon gives the Scottish wannabes a particularly hard time.

Simon has for years bemoaned the lack of talent from north of the border during the X Factor auditions.

He also criticised the MacDonald Brothers for fun every week during series three and even when Scot Leon Jackson won the following year, Simon clearly favoured runner-up Rhydian.

Every time the auditions come to Scotland, Mr Nasty always moans about how disappointed he is and despite the fact that his other show - Britain's Got Talent- discovered Susan Boyle, this series appears to be no different.

But when the latest search for fresh talent arrived at the SECC in Glasgow, Simon denied being biased against Scots and added: "This is my home town, practically. I am Scottish."

It turns out that his gradfather, whose surname was Dalglish, was a Scot.

That's when Cheryl chimed in: "I would like to see him in a kilt."

The judging panel saw the usual oddball assortment of potential stars at the Glasgow audition.

The first one we'll see on air is a teenager called Kyle, an obsessed Girls Aloud fan who scared the living daylights out of Simon.

Kyle told the judges: "It would be amazing to win. I'm probably Scotland's biggest Girls Aloud fan. I'm gonna wow Cheryl.

"Singing and acting are my life and I am obsessed with Girls Aloud."

The cocky teen was so wrapped up in himself that when Simon asked if he had any pets, Kyle wasn't listening and thought he was asking if he had any parents.

Clearly, the only voice Kyle was interested in hearing was his own, singing Untouchable by Girls Aloud. When Simon questioned his choice of song, Kyle defended himself, saying: "I chose the song because I like it," then started dancing and blowing kisses to Cheryl.

The performance, which can only be described as excruciating at best, had the audience - a new addition to the audition phase of the show - shouting for him to go home, as Simon shielded himself behind a piece of paper.

He told Kyle: "You're actually very funny.You have a good attitude to be a manager or an actor. Just do something you are good at doing."

Simon, Louis and Danni all gave Kyle the thumbs-down but Cheryl gave her fan a yes, adding: "I really like you Kyle.

"I think you've got great taste in music. The yes is for the backchat."

Dublin twins, Edward and John also made a mixed impression at the Glasgow auditions.

Unsurprisingly, Irish music manager LouisWalsh, the man behind Boyzone andWestlife, gave them the green light.

But Simon loathed the blonde 17-year-olds and didn't mince his words.

He said: "You're annoying, obnoxious, everything I despise. …

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