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Simon Cowell drops legal action against Gary Barlow's rival BBC talent show Let It Shine

Mirror logo Mirror 8/01/2017 Janine Yaqoob
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Simon Cowell has abandoned his bid to take legal action against Gary Barlow ’s new BBC talent show. 

The Sunday People understands that the X Factor chief called in lawyers because he thought Let It Shine may be similar to his own programmes.

But Simon, 57, has been advised the case would be difficult to prove and has given up on taking the matter any further, say sources.

Gary’s show, which aims to find a new boyband to star in his upcoming musical about Take That , made its TV debut last night.

Simon, who is worth £325million, was prepared to sue if he discovered a possible infringement of laws protecting his show’s formats.

He asked his legal team to look into the show to make sure they weren’t duplicating any parts of the X Factor.

He is believed to have raised concerns about whether Gary’s project will involve mentors like the ITV talent show.

They also checked whether it mirrored Simon’s South American show La Banda, which searches for talent to form a band.

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A source said: “Simon’s team was keeping a close eye on Gary’s show. They want to make sure that it’s completely different to his own projects.

“Simon has since been advised to abandon his case against Let It Shine.

“He is very serious when it comes to protecting the intellectual property of his shows. He trailblazed in the TV talent show sector and has to protect his brand.

“But it’s very hard to win these kind of cases and his legal team has gone back to him to say any action would most likely be fruitless.”

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There is no love lost between Simon and Gary, 45, who haven’t spoken in more than three years.

Simon hired the singer to replace him on The X Factor in 2011 when he was busy launching the US version.

Gary eventually left the show after three series, with Simon publicly blaming him for the fall in ratings.

Let It Shine will follow Gary looking for five singers to form a Take That tribute band. The winners will go on to perform in a stage show.


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