This years standard of acts auditioning for this year’s Britain’s Got Talent has led Simon Cowell to declare: “I can’t do this anymore!”
The music mogul said he couldn’t face returning next year after seeing the quality of contestants at the London try-outs.
Simon cracked after a 66-year-old woman took to the stage and played a hosepipe connected to a toy penguin as a musical instrument.
He told the 3,000-strong audience: “What the bloody hell? I am not going to be back next year.
“I am not kidding. I can’t do this anymore. I am 50 years old.”
Fellow judge Amanda Holden, 38, told him the show was about variety, but he answered: “This is not what this show is all about.”
Simon’s outburst followed his description of the recent Cardiff auditions as the “worst ever”.
Producers are worried the 2010 show will not live up to last year’s – which produced dance act Diversity and singing superstar Susan Boyle, 48.
Among the performers to shock the judges, including Piers Morgan, 44, at the auditions was a stripping estate agent – who was quickly buzzed off.
Another act involving a horse and Shetland pony dancing to Michael Jackson’s hit Billie Jean didn’t impress.
An insider said: “Simon didn’t think the auditions could get any worse after Cardiff, but London proved they could. The run of contestants was dismal.
“The judges just hope that some talent emerges before they wrap up the auditions.”
The final trials take place today at London’s Hammersmith Apollo.