Cowell takes no chances on security
10:48am Tuesday 27th May 2014 in © Press Association 2014
Simon Cowell has reportedly stepped up security for the Britain's Got Talent live shows to avoid getting egg on his face again.
The ITV talent show boss was egged by a protester during the last series and wants to avoid embarrassment and dry cleaning bills this year by tightening his personal protection team.
Disgruntled violinist Natalie Holt stormed the stage during the live finals last year armed with a box of eggs which she aimed at Simon, and according to The Sun he has taken measures to make sure it doesn't happen again.
Music mogul Simon is said to have insisted upon security checks for everyone at the first live show, trebled the number of studio guards and even planted plain clothes guards in the audience.
He is believed to be extra keen to make the studio safe so that his partner Lauren Silverman and their baby Eric can come along and watch from his dressing room.
Tickets to the shows are free and given out on a first come, first served basis, meaning there is little control over who ends up in the audience.
The live semi-finals continue throughout the week on ITV.