London: Music mogul and ‘X Factor’ boss Simon Cowell has asked girl judges Cheryl Cole and Dannii Minogue to be harder on the singers and not to consider the show a beauty contest.
Cowell was strictly instructed that the show is about the contestants and not Cheryl and Dannii’s style war that makes them spend hours to get ready.
“Simon felt that last year Cheryl and Dannii went too easy on their own acts. He believes they are nervous to say what they really think in case fans think they are being too mean. They hate being booed but Simon reckons they need to grow thicker skins,” News Of The World quoted a source as saying.
“He’s never scared to criticize his own acts. He wants the other judges to do the same and stop holding back. The music industry is unforgiving and he wants the panel to reflect that this year - even if that`s brutal.
“Cheryl can be feisty so Simon’s told her to let go and say what she’s thinking and Dannii can be sharp-tongued. Simon’s advice is if people don’t like what they say, it’s tough,” the source added.