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  • 20 March 2014, 11:04

Simon Cowell: Prime Minister 'Is A Decent Guy'

Simon Cowell has reiterated his support for David Cameron, describing the Prime Minister as a "decent guy" who "cares passionately about the country".

Speaking after the Government set out its Budget for "the makers, the doers and the savers", the music mogul told Sky News there was a renewed sense of optimism among Britons after years of austerity.

The X Factor judge, who described Mr Cameron as "the Prime Minister Britain needs" on the eve of his election four years ago, said: "I like David. I think he's a decent guy and his wife is a really nice person. He cares passionately about this country."

He added: "Whenever I got knocked for what I do, I always say I pay my taxes. I care about where the money's spent.

"But I feel there's a sense of optimism again in this country, compared to what it was like four or five years ago. People seem to be more confident."

Cowell, 54, recently became a dad for the first time, with his son Eric born on February 14.

He published a series of black and white pictures showing him cradling his new-born child but revealed he would not be embracing all aspects of parenthood.

"I feed Eric, I talk to him and play with him," he said. "But I don't think dads do changing nappies. I'll leave that up to the nanny."

As well as his reality TV show commitments, Cowell has one eye on the launch of the forthcoming West End musical I Can't Sing!

The show, based on The X Factor, began rehearsals earlier this year and after a run of previews will open at the London Palladium on March 26.

Directed by comedian and TV presenter Harry Hill, Cowell described the show as "completely nuts".

"You've got singing dogs, a hunchback seeking revenge, a ghost in an iron lung, aliens - it's all in there," he said.

"I loved the idea as soon as Harry pitched it to me. The reason I got behind it is that I like big, popular musicals ... I wanted it to be a big production, just like the TV show."

Asked about a number of early teething problems for the musical, he added: "If it was the other way round, if was all working perfectly but the show was rubbish, then we'd have a real problem."

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