Music mogul Simon Cowell has sensationally claimed he "fixed" Britain's POP
IDOL programme so Michelle McManus would win.
Cowell claims his constant support throughout the series caused 95
kilogram (15 stone) McManus to win the coveted title, even though he knew she
would not prove a long-term success.
The sharp tongued critic said in a TV interview, "She's not a pop idol in
the old fashioned sense, though maybe times are changing."
However, he added, "I thought she should win anyway."
When McManus was announced as the winner of the massively popular show
last year (03) Cowell's fellow judge PETE WATERMAN stormed out of the studio in
protest, and although the Scottish singer's debut single went straight to
number one, her
album has flopped in the British charts.