What Does Simon Cowell’s Accident Mean For ‘Britain’s Got Talent’?
In case you missed it, Simon Cowell had a pretty scary accident over the weekend, falling off his electric bicycle and breaking his back. As the music mogul is recovering from surgery, fans are probably wondering how this will affect Got Talent shows this season.
Simon had to undergo a six-hour surgery and have a metal rod put in his back. He will reportedly not appear on the first live episodes of America’s Got Talent this Tuesday and Wednesday. But what about when Britain’s Got Talent returns later this year?
Will Simon Cowell Appear On ‘BGT’ Later This Year?
While it’s definitely too soon for Simon to return to AGT this week, BGT is a different story. The show isn’t meant to return for the live shows until the fall, and Simon wasn’t planning to appear in person, with or without an injury.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Simon opted to stay in the United States and appear in-person on America’s Got Talent, while judging BGT remotely. This was initially only going to apply to the semifinals, but Metro points out that his injury will likely affect his travel plans even further.
However, a source told the Daily Mail that Simon will be back on his feet after three or four weeks of recovery, saying, “He is actually healthier than he ever has been which is why he was trying out an electric bike in the first place. He is, at least, in great shape to recover from it.”
The source added that “we are hoping that he will be fine for the America’s Got Talent finale in September and the Britain’s Got Talent live final in October.” While it would be great to see him back on the judging panel soon, it’s important that Simon gets healthy first.
What Did Simon Have To Say About His Fall?
On Sunday night, Simon posted about his accident on Twitter, and then shared the tweets on his Instagram account. He offered some “good advice” to his followers, urging them to read the manual before trying to ride an electric trail bike.
Simon confirmed that he had “broken part of my back.” He thanked everyone for their “kind messages” and gave a shout-out to the nurses and doctors who helped him, calling them “some of the nicest people I have ever met.”
According to The Sun, Simon missed injuring his spinal cord by just one centimeter. “He could have been looking at a life in a wheelchair,” a source told the outlet. Doctors apparently told him he was “very lucky.”