TV bad guy Simon Cowell has one rule for his planned CELEBRITY IDOL show - Geri Halliwell is not welcome.

The music mogul is planning a one-off version of the show, based on the mega-successful Pop Idol and American Idol formats in which he is a judge.

The TV special, which will likely be for charity, will feature British soap stars and celebrities competing for the public's vote on their singing talents - and Cowell is adamant the former SPICE GIRL, who was a judge on the rival POPSTARS competition, will not be invited.

He snipes, "(TV station) ITV has spoken about doing this for ages. We should have done it a year ago but we didn't have time.

"We have banned Geri. We've got enough people who can actually sing for the show."

12/11/2003 02:09