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Hasselhoff To Replace Cowell on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’?

Lyndsey Parker
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First "American Idol" suffered the loss of Simon Cowell. Then "America's Got Talent" (and "Dancing With The Stars," for that matter) suffered the loss of David Hasselhoff. Fans of The Hoff were soon placated by David's return to the airwaves on A&E's guilty-pleasure show "The Hasselhoffs," and will surely be thrilled to hear about his latest rumored reality-TV venture. However, Cowell's admirers may not be quite as psyched to learn that Sir Hoff is reportedly heading to England to replace Simon on "Britain's Got Talent."

Yes, according to PopEater, David will join "BGT" next year, as Simon concentrates on launching the U.S. version of "The X Factor." Consider this a talent-show-judge exchange program, then, of sorts...although I'm pretty sure Brits will think they're getting the raw end of the deal here. After all, it was once even rumored that it was Simon Cowell himself who fired David from "America's Got Talent."

Anyway, while the burger-scarfing wonder that is The Hoff surely has many fans on the other side of the pond (he's a national hero in Germany, this we all know), it's doubtful that he's truly qualified to fill Simon's shoes. After all, Simon is a real media mogul with decades of show business experience--he's responsible for launching the musical careers of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Will Young, Leona Lewis, Susan Boyle, Il Divo, Westlife, and numerous other pop idols and Idols, and for co-creating several massive hit television franchises. The Hoff is a major star (he's recorded 17--yes, SEVENTEEN--albums, and starred in several popular TV shows), but is the man who made a cameo in this video with his British wannabe pop-starlet girlfriend really qualified to discover Britain's next big thing?

That being said, if Hasselhoff is indeed on board for "Britain's Got Talent" now, I suggest that the ITV network put it in his contract that his viral hit "Jump In My Car" be the official "BGT" exit song:

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