Simon Cowell Plots ‘World’s Got Talent’ Competition

Simon Cowell at the Philips British Academy Television Awards (Photo: Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Simon Cowell at the Philips British Academy Television Awards (Photo: Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Take the all-time best acts from ‘America’s Got Talent‘ and ‘Britain’s Got Talent,’ multiple that crowd by, say, 10, and you’ve got Simon Cowell‘s idea for a global reality sensation.

Cowell revealed backstage at Sunday’s Philips British Academy Television Awards (aka BAFTA) his plan for ‘World’s Got Talent,’ in which 20 winning and runner-up acts from all editions of the ‘Got Talent’ franchise would vie against each other.

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According to reports, the series – to be held at London’s Royal Albert Hall and air globally during the summer of 2011 – would reach an estimated audience of 300 million people.

Cowell, who exec-produces ‘America’s Got Talent’ and serves as a judge on ‘BGT,’ says ‘World’s Got Talent’ would likely operate without a singular panel of judges, and would instead rely on the voting of home viewers – in whichever country said home may be.

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As for a host, the British comedy duo Ant and Dec (aka Anthony “Ant” McPartlin and Declan “Dec” Donnelly) is said to be a front runner, per the UK’s Sun.

The grand prize for the ‘World’s’ champion: £1 million, or $1.4 million American.

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‘World’s Got Talent’ is but one project on Cowell’s post-‘American Idol’ plate. Already he is at work on the U.S. edition of ‘X Factor,’ to premiere on Fox in fall 2011.

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