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Simon Cowell (born 7.10.1959)
Simon Cowell is an English music management executive, as well as a television presenter, best known for judging shows such as American Idol, The X Factor and Pop Idol.
Childhood: Simon Cowell was born in Brighton and raised in Elstree, Hertfordshire. His work in the music industry was kick-started by his father, Eric, who was a music industry executive, as well as an estate agent. His mother, Julie, was a ballet dancer.
After leaving Dover College before sixth form, Cowell had a number of casual jobs but failed to settle in any of them. Eventually, his father got him a job at the mailroom at EMI Music Publishing.
Early Career: Simon Cowell utilized his father's influence to work his way up in the music industry, eventually forming E&S Music with Ellis Rich, boss of EMI. E&S had a number of hit singles in the UK.
Cowell went on to work with Fanfare Records, who released Sinitta's debut single 'So Macho', which sold over half a million copies, as did her album Rondo Veneziano. Fanfare also forged a lucrative relationship with Stock Aitken and Waterman, the legendary pop producers of the 1980s. When Fanfare experienced financial difficulties in 1989, Cowell was in debt and forced to move back in with his parents.
Climbing his way back to success, Simon signed a number of high profile acts to S-Records, including Five, Westlife, Sonia and Curiosity Killed The Cat. He was also responsible for the release of a number of novelty songs by acts such as the Teletubbies, Zig and Zag and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. In 2002, he set up Syco Records, which is home to artists such as Il Divo and Leona Lewis.
In 2004, Cowell formed the operatic pop group Il Divo who went on to be a huge success. He followed this by creating a child version of the group, named Angelis.
TV Judge: Simon Cowell was signed up as a judge on the first series of Pop Idol, in 2001. The next year, he was also signed up to judge American Idol. He is renowned for his harsh comments towards contestants and often gets booed by the live audiences on the shows.
2004 saw the first series of The X Factor shown on ITV. The show has been the subject of much tabloid gossip, with judge Louis Walsh being fired from the show and re-hired for the fourth series. There has also been tension between Sharon Osbourne and Danni Minogue. Osbourne has been replaced in the sixth series by Cheryl Cole of Girls Aloud.
In 2006, Simon Cowell masterminded the US TV show American Inventor.
The American NBC network showed America's Got Talent, gaining around 12 million viewers. The British version, with Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan on the panel, debuted in 2007.
The ITV show Grease Is the Word also has Simon Cowell on board as an executive producer. The show aimed to find the next actors to play Sandy and Denny in the West End production of Grease.
Other Ventures: Cowell's autobiography, I Don't Mean To Be Rude, But. was published in 2003.
Simon's voice has been used in a number of cartoons, including The Simpsons, Family Guy and Shrek 2.
Personal Life: Simon Cowell began dating Terri Seymour in 2002. In 2006, it was rumoured that he was also dating the model Jasmine Lennard, but both Cowell and Lennard deny the claims.
It has been reported that Simon Cowell earns over £54 million per annum.
In an interview with The Daily Star, Cowell revealed that if he is facing a difficult decision, he will sometimes "have a mental conversation" with his late parents, Eric and Julie.
Simon Cowell has revealed that he sometimes talks to his dead parents and asks them for advice if he’s struggling to make a “difficult decision”.
‘The X Factor’ head honcho’s father Eric passed away in 1999, and his mother Julie died in 2015. However, Cowell revealed that he will often “have a mental conversation” with them if he’s facing a major decision and can’t make up his mind.
“I still talk to my mum and my dad in my mind now if I am having a difficult decision or I am struggling with something,” The Daily Star quotes him as saying on Friday (October 13th). “I have a mental conversation with the both of them and I absolutely know what the answer is - it is the weirdest thing.”
Continue reading: Simon Cowell Reveals He Sometimes Talks To His Dead Parents
Simon Cowell is not happy.
Just over a year after he quit ‘The X Factor’, Olly Murs has committed the egregious pop star sin of betrayal of Simon Cowell, announcing that he’s set to become a judge on the next series of ‘The Voice UK’.
Murs will be taking up the spinning chair previously occupied by the departing Gavin Rossdale, and will appear when the show returns on ITV for its seventh series in early 2018. He’ll be alongside Sir Tom Jones, Jennifer Hudson and the ever-present will.i.am on the judging panel, while Emma Willis will return as the host.
“I’m absolutely buzzing about being a coach on ‘The Voice UK’ and can’t wait to sit in the big red chair alongside will, Jennifer and Tom,” 33 year old Murs said in a statement on Wednesday (October 11th) announcing his participation on the singing contest.
Continue reading: Olly Murs Confirms He Is Joining 'The Voice UK' Judging Panel
Her fellow X Factor judge, Louis Walsh, seems to think so
It’s that time of year again - summer is almost over and TV is letting everyone know the year is in slow decline to Christmas. Never is this more apparent than with BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing and ITV’s The X Factor and it seems the singing show judges are ready to provide viewers with their bits of annual juicy gossip.
Has Nicole Scherzinger been lying about her age?
This time it’s the turn of cheeky Irish judge Louis Walsh and he’s ready to spill the beans on former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger and her age.
Continue reading: Has Nicole Scherzinger Been Lying About Her Age?
After a rather wretched performance from one of the contestants, Cowell cracked a joke about Mel's marriage to Stephen Belafonte.
Mel B sensationally threw a glass of water over Simon Cowell and stormed off the set of ‘America’s Got Talent’ this week, after the music mogul cracked a joke about the former Spice Girl’s troubled marriage.
Cowell looked on from the judging panel with Mel as the magician contestant Demian Aditya’s attempted trick went awry on Tuesday night (August 22nd) when his ‘dangerous’ attempt to escape from a locked suspended box ended with nothing happening. When it came to the remarks afterwards, he couldn’t resist a dig at his colleague’s expense.
“I kind of imagined this would be like Mel B's wedding night,” Cowell cracked. “A lot of anticipation, not much promise or delivery.”
McPartlin announced back in June that he was entering rehab for drug and alcohol addiction.
McPartlin, 41, announced back in June that he was entering rehabilitation for drug and alcohol issues. He had admitted to his wife Lisa, and his best mate and professional partner Declan Donnelly, that he had been suffering a painful knee injury and from fertility issues.
Now, 57 year old Cowell, Ant’s television boss and whom he has known for years, has spoken out in his defence and praised his courage in going public with his issues.
Continue reading: Simon Cowell Is Standing By Ant McPartlin As He Goes Through Rehab
Snoop Dogg doesn't have Tidal so heard Jay-Z's '4:44' album when a friend sent him a bootlegged copy.
The 'Drop It While It's Hot' hitmaker is very impressed with '4:44' but admitted that, because he doesn't use Tidal - Jay's own streaming service, which exclusively released the record - he had to rely on someone sending him an illegal copy of the LP as he couldn't access it on iTunes.
He shared on social media: ''I wanna shoot a shout out to Jay-Z, just dropped another motherf***in' hot album, '4:44'.
Continue reading: Snoop Dogg Bootlegs Jay-Z Album
Cowell shot down magician Lee's performance rather brutally on Wednesday night.
Simon Cowell incurred the wrath of several viewers last night when he complimented a female ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ contestant on her appearance but not her act, saying that she had “nice legs”.
30 year old magician Josephine Lee scored well with ‘BGT’ fans watching at home with her performance during Wednesday night’s show (May 31st), which was notable because she was conducting her tricks not to a background tracking of music, but to a spoken-word voiceover soundtrack about female empowerment.
Judges David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden all praised Lee, but Cowellwas not impressed with her performance. “I don’t think you’ve got the showmanship. I get it you’re a girl – you don’t want to be the assistant but I got a bit sick of it.”
Continue reading: Simon Cowell Accused Of Sexism After Remark About 'BGT's Josephine Lee
Horan has quit Syco to pursue his solo career with Capitol Records.
Niall Horan has risked incurring the wrath of Simon Cowell by quitting the music mogul’s record label Syco, the imprint to which his former group One Direction are signed, for a new deal on Capitol Records.
It’s a bold move for Horan, parting ways with the person who discovered him on ‘The X Factor’ all those years ago, but it’s one that other members of the group have already done in pursuit of their own solo careers over the last year or so.
Niall Horan has quit Syco
David Walliams, Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon, Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly on the red carpet for the London auditions for 2017 Britain's Got Talent held at the Palladium - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 29th January 2017
Cowell and the 'Britain's Got Talent' judges were left surprised when a 37-strong choir left the stage rather than face a dressing down from the panel during auditions in Blackpool.
‘Britain’s Got Talent’ head honcho Simon Cowell was left staggered after one of the acts auditioning for a place in this year’s series simply walked off stage, rather than remain to face criticism from him.
A report emerging on Friday (January 20th) claims that the extraordinary reaction came during auditions this week in Blackpool, when a 37-strong choir called Dale Divas had attempted to impress the panel of judges, headed by Cowell, with a version of Adele’s ‘Rolling In the Deep’.
The 'Britain's Got Talent' judges were in Blackpool this week
The ‘X Factor’ boss has previously been outspoken about the lack of loyalty from some One Direction members.
Horan’s ‘This Town’ is at number nine in this week’s singles chart, while James Arthur, who is signed to Cowell’s Syco label, is at number one with 'Say You Won't Let Go'.
Simon Cowell has taken a cheeky swipe at Niall Horan
Continue reading: Simon Cowell Takes Dig At Niall Horan Over Solo Single
Date of birth
7th October, 1959
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I really want to thank everyone at @ITV for giving up their timeslot to show the Artists For Grenfell video. It really is much appreciated.
Thank you to everyone for their help and support in making this happen.
For those in the UK, the video will then premiere on ITV before Coronation Street tomorrow night.
As well as buying the single, we hope people can support those affected by the Grenfell fire by donating. https://t.co/071cWmDNs1
Tomorrow at 8am across major UK radio stations, you will be able to hear Bridge Over Troubled Water. https://t.co/Bgg8u6oU4N
We hope to confirm a record tomorrow which will raise some money for the many people affected by this tragedy. Making calls tonight.
I am watching the footage of the Grenfell Tower fire in London. Heartbreaking.
I haven’t had chance to say this yet but thanks everyone for watching @BGT this year. Congratulations Tokio. We're excited to work with you.
If you want to see an inspirational audition, this is it. Congratulations Mandy, very proud of you. https://t.co/2pD3Qw8sKx
Thoughts are with innocent victims caught up in London Bridge incident. Please try to stay safe people.
These innocent people who lost their lives will never be forgotten. Stay strong Manchester.
My thoughts, love and prayers go out to everyone affected by the tragedy in Manchester.
My thoughts and prayers to all affected in my home town London. Stay strong.
Rest in peace George. You were always one of the greatest.
Heartbroken for you @Louis_Tomlinson. Your mum Jay was an incredible person. Sending you all my love
I am very excited to congratulate @JamesArthur23 on his No.1 album and @LittleMix for staying at No.1 in the singles chart.
Loved the show tonight. A long night. Reading some stories. To be clear I would never 'ban' anyone from One Direction appearing on the show
I could not be more proud of @LittleMix reaching No.1. Huge congratulations girls. And as always thank you to the fans.
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