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Last Updated: Saturday September 19 2009 10:24 GMT

Cowell says show clash is 'crazy'

Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell wants TV bosses to move the X Factor so it isn't on at the same time as Strictly Come Dancing.

The two shows are both on TV at the same time on Saturday, meaning fans will have to choose which one to watch.

Obviously a lot of people will watch one and record the other, but not everyone is able to do that.

Cowell said: "I don't think there are any other shows people are passionate about right now - and it's crazy that they're up against each other."

Erin Boag and Ricky Groves

Cowell added in an interview with a newspaper: "I'll try to persuade ITV to move it (The X Factor) back or forward, whatever they need to do.

"I'm prepared to do everything to give the public what they want."

BBC bosses say they haven't put the show on to take viewers from the ITV show, adding that Strictly has been scheduled to make space for Merlin, which starts a second series on Saturday.