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Simon Cowell to Launch 'World's Got Talent'

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Jun 01, 2008 | 6:48pm EDT

Music mogul Simon Cowell is set to launch a global version of his America's Got Talent show.

Cowell has scored TV hits with both the U.S. and U.K. versions of the program, and now he wants to take his talent search one step further with World's Got Talent--comparing the competition to that of the annual Eurovision Song Contest.

He says, "This global show will unite the best acts. It's going to be great.

"The Eurovision's not perfect--that's why we want to have a go at doing something that rivals it. But it's watched and enjoyed by millions of people around the world.

"There will be some countries' acts that make you laugh and cringe. They won't be to everyone's liking, but that's the whole point: It gets people talking and arguing. But I think we can get genuine talent."

Cowell and his business partner Simon Fuller are the brains behind other popular reality shows American Idol and the U.K.'s The X Factor.

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