Rock matriarch SHARON OSBOURNE still thinks Simon Cowell is a "pompous idiot," despite working with him on new talent show The X Factor.

The Osbournes reality star detested Cowell after interviewing him on THE SHARON OSBOURNE SHOW but agreed to join him and WESTLIFE svengali Louis Walsh on the celebrity panel of the music search, and she's determined to "out-nasty him".

Osbourne explains, "I'd met him once before and interviewed him on my American chat show. He'd struck me as a pompous, spoilt little boy. But doing The X Factor was a good decision.

"The initial audition process is now over. Some 50,000 hopefuls have been reduced to 120. I didn't want to insult anyone. But after four days, that all fell by the wayside and I was determined to out-nasty Simon.

"Another nutcase would come into the room and I'd think, 'Oh, f*** off!' I'm sorry but it's no more Mrs Nice."

23/08/2004 16:55