American Idol judge Simon Cowell has received death threats from a furious reject of his latest British talent show, THE X-FACTOR.

The wannabe is fuming after Cowell insulted him onstage and has vowed vengeance in emails to a fellow contestant, which reveal plans to stab the 42-year-old.

The threatening messages are so violent, Cowell has hired an additional bodyguard to protect him while on the X-Factor set.

Cowell says, "My bosses told me they have been shown emails threatening my life. They said one man wanted to stab me.

"It sent a chill down me. But I'm used to it."

Cowell fellow judges on the show are Sharon Osbourne and Westlife manager Louis Walsh.

29/08/2004 14:52