When asked whether he is looking to change the structure of The X Factor USA's second season, he told reporters in Canada: "I am. I'm not going to say what it is, because as you know we are going to be competing with The Voice.
"No question of doubt, I've already seen from last year to this year elements of what we were doing on these shows. Producers do that. They see something they like, and they'll nick it and you end up with both shows looking the same."
When asked what he thought The Voice "nicked" from him, Cowell added: "I don't even want to mention it. They know. Anyone who watches both shows, you'll see where they started and where they got to and what changes. I have seen it on other shows, as well.
"Like I said, it's the nature of TV producers, they will do it. We have been working on some ideas for a year, some may work, some won't, but I am trying to make it different for the right reasons."