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
Arthur has returned to the top of the charts, nearly four years after he won the ‘X Factor’.
James Arthur has topped the UK singles chart this week with ‘Say You Won’t Let Go', firmly cementing his comeback.
The singer won the ‘X Factor’ in 2012, but after a series of controversies he was dropped from Simon Cowell’s Syco label. However, after rebuilding his career and public image, Arthur was resigned by the music mogul earlier this year.
James Arthur is back on top of the UK singles chart.
Continue reading: James Arthur Tops UK Singles Chart With 'Say You Won’t Let Go'
Niall Horan has reportedly signed a new solo deal with Sony after splitting from the boy band One Direction earlier this year.
Niall Horan has reportedly signed a new solo deal with Sony.
The 22-year-old singer songwriter - who made up one fifth of the popular boy band One Direction before they split in March this year - has allegedly landed a new contract with a large music company.
This news comes after Simon Cowell - who guided Niall and his former bandmates to fame after discovering them on the UK 'X Factor' - hinted the Irish star was sitting on some big news.
Continue reading: Niall Horan Signes Solo Record Deal With Sony
Scherzinger and the Formula One ace ended their seven year relationship in 2015.
Simon Cowell made things a little awkward during the filming of the bootcamp stage of this year’s ‘X Factor’ on Sunday (July 10). The music mogul decided to tease fellow judge Nicole Scherzinger about her ex-boyfriend Lewis Hamilton, but the former Pussycat Doll didn't see the funny side.
Nicole Scherzinger was teased by Simon Cowell about Lewis Hamilton.
According to The Mirror, a contestant named Niall Sexton decided to perform Scherzinger’s 2014 hit ‘Run’ and afterwards Cowell decided to take a swipe at his fellow judge. “What’s the song called? Run. Why does it make me think of Lewis Hamilton? He’s fast. Let’s dedicate that to Lewis, shall we?” Cowell said.
After welcoming son Eric in 2014, TV’s Mr Nasty says he's now mellowed.
Simon Cowell has described how fatherhood has changed his judging style, because he now understands how it would feel if it was his son auditioning. The 56-year-old returned to the judging panel of ‘America's Got Talent’ last week and he’s currently gearing up for the next season of the UK’s ‘X Factor’.
Fatherhood has softened Simon Cowell’s judging style.
Speaking to People Cowell said: “There's no question when you actually have a kid, it does make you feel different because you understand how you would feel if it was your son up there." Cowell and partner Lauren Silverman welcomed son Eric (named after Cowell’s father) in February 2014.
Continue reading: Simon Cowell 'Fatherhood Has Changed My Judging Style'
Judge Dixon referred to one act as "sexy chocolate men" on Wednesday night's semi-final, and was also criticised for pressing other judges' buzzers.
‘Britain’s Got Talent’ viewers on social media are calling for judge Alesha Dixon to be kicked off the panel after she described one act on the show as “sexy chocolate men” on Wednesday night's semi-final.
The 37 year old singer, formerly of noughties girl group Mis-Teeq, made the remark while praising the opera group Vox Fortura after they gave a rendition of David Bowie’s ‘”Heroes”’. Four sexy chocolate men,” she said as they finished, “with amazing voices, polished to perfection. That was sensational.”
Immediately, irate fans took to Twitter to call for Dixon to make a public apology for the reference, while others demanded that she be fired from the show.
Continue reading: Alesha Dixon Slammed For 'Racism' During 'Britain's Got Talent'
After months of rumours, Simon Cowell might have dropped the biggest hint yet about the new ‘X Factor’ judging panel.
Simon Cowell has reportedly ‘confirmed’ that Sharon Osbourne will be joining the new ‘X-Factor’ judging panel. According to The Sun, Sharon will return to the show later this year, alongside fellow former judges Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh.
Is Sharon Osbourne set for an ‘X Factor’ return?
When asked about Sharon while he was promoting the new series of ‘America’s Got Talent’, Simon reportedly said: “I think she and I are going to work on a show together in the UK. We mainly have a love relationship. It is always back to love.”
Continue reading: Has Simon Cowell Just Confirmed Sharon Osbourne's 'X Factor' Return?
Earlier this year Cowell took a dig at the comedian over his divorce from model Lara Stone.
‘Britain’s Got Talent’ judge Amanda Holden has admitted that sometimes things can get a little too personal between Simon Cowell and David Walliams on the ITV talent show. Holden revealed that earlier this year Walliams became very ‘p**sed off’ with Cowell, after he joked about his recent divorce from model Lara Stone.
David Walliams was left shocked when Simon Cowell mentioned his divorce during ‘BGT’.
The incident happened when Cowell asked a contestant “Why aren’t you married?”, to which Walliams interrupted to ask the music mogul the same question. But Cowell quickly fired back at Walliams and asked him “Well, why aren’t you married?”.
It’s been claimed the ‘X-Factor’ winner was 'trained from age seven’.
Louisa Johnson, who was crowned this year’s ‘X-Factor’ winner on Sunday, may have had some past music industry experience it has been claimed. Two professional-looking music videos featuring the 17-year-old have recently resurfaced online, showing the ‘X-Factor’ winner performing two songs, ‘Go’ and ‘Lately’.
Louisa Johnson was crowned this year’s ‘X-Factor’ winner on Sunday.
In the professionally shot videos Johnson can be heard belting out the songs, with her famous powerhouse vocals, which assured her victory in the ITV talent show on Sunday. Johnson, from Essex, is the show’s youngest ever winner at just 17-years-old.
Continue reading: 'X-Factor' Winner Louisa Johnson Reportedly Has 'Music Industry Past'
Smoking is an expensive habit, especially for music mogul Simon Cowell.
Simon Cowell certainly seems to be paying the price for his smoking habit. The ‘X-Factor’ boss reportedly has to cough up £100 every time he lights up during filming of the ITV series, thanks to a rule stating anyone smoking in the building has to pay a £100 fine.
Simon Cowell has to pay a hefty fine for smoking at the ‘X-Factor’ studios.
The Sunday Mirror reports that Cowell enjoys his expensive smokes during advert breaks on the live show. 'Over the course of a series we're talking about literally thousands of pounds,’ a source told the newspaper.
After last Sunday’s shock double elimination, is getting rid of two acts every week the way forward for ‘The X-Factor’?
As the current series of ‘The X-Factor’ continues to suffer from a drop in ratings, Simon Cowell is said to be considering eliminating two acts every week to keep viewers interested. The move comes after girl band Alien Uncovered and Leeds-born singer Bupsi became the first two contestants to be eliminated from the competition last Sunday, as part of a shock double elimination.
Simon Cowell could consider eliminating two acts a week, in a bid to increase ‘X-Factor’ ratings.
According to The Sun, the double elimination cause a a slight spike in viewing figures and now Cowell and ITV bosses are said to be considering using the format every week, in a bid to attract a larger audience.
It’s still early days but Simon Cowell is already tipped five acts for post-'X-Factor' success.
The ‘X-Factor’ might be suffering from lower ratings this series, but Simon Cowell still thinks he’s got enough acts to make him a load more money once the show finishes. The music mogul, who was honoured at the Music Industry Trusts Awards on Monday night, has also recently extended the deal for his Syco record label with Sony for six years.
Simon Cowell predicts success for five current ‘X-Factor’ contestants.
Speaking to The Mirror about the current Cowell said, "Most importantly I've seen three, four, five artists that could not only win, but will go on to sell records, a lot of records.” The judge also spoke about last year’s winner Ben Haenow, who has just released his debut album.
The music mogul reminded everyone who was missing at the Music Industry Trusts awards last night.
Simon Cowell caused a bit of an awkward moment at the Music Industry Trust Awards on Monday evening. Accepting the 24th MITS award in recognition of his contribution to the music and entertainment industry as well as his charity work, the ‘X-Factor’ judge thought the time was right to make a Zayn Malik joke in front of his former bandmates.
Simon Cowell made a Zayn Malik joke as he was honoured at the Music Industry Trusts awards.
Taking to the stage to accept the award from the One Direction boys, Cowell quipped: "Just by luck I get the award I've been wanting all my life and I'm completely hammered. Guys, who misses Zayn?”
The X Factor judge says it "doesn't matter" which the best act belongs to
The countdown to Christmas can officially begin because The X Factor live shows have again graced our Saturday night screens. As we count the Saturdays to Santa’s big day, Cheryl, Simon and co. are counting down their days to the big win.
Seasoned judge Cheryl will only back the X Factor act she thinks should win
However, Mrs Fernandez-Versini has recently revealed that she only wants to have the winning act if they deserve to be at the top spot.
Continue reading: Cheryl Fernandez-Versini Only Wants To Win With The Right Act
Mason was originally eliminated from the competition, but got a second chance after one of the Boys pulled out.
Outspoken ‘X-Factor’ contestant Mason Noise has made it through to the final 12 of the ITV competition, despite previously clashing with Simon Cowell and insulting Cheryl Fernandez-Versini on twitter. The 22 year old will now compete in the live shows, starting next weekend, as one of Nick Grimshaw’s three Boys.
Nick Grimshaw will mentor the Boys category, which includes Mason Noise.
Mason was originally eliminated from the competition during the six-chair challenge, when he walked off stage after complaining about his lack of air time. Cowell told the singer “You should feel lucky to be on this show. Why don't you shut up?" and later branded him an “arsehole".
The outspoken music mogul will be replacing Howard Stern for the upcoming eleventh season, which begins in 2016.
Simon Cowell is returning to the States after a two-year break from TV screens, announcing that he will be a judge on the next season of ‘America’s Got Talent’.
Though the brutally honest judge has made his millions setting up the likes of ‘The X Factor’, ‘American Idol’ and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, and indeed co-created the popular NBC show itself in 2006, the forthcoming eleventh season will be the first time that Cowell has sat on the judging panel of ‘AGT’.
Simon Cowell will be joining 'America's Got Talent' as a judge next year
Continue reading: Simon Cowell To Join 'America's Got Talent' Judging Panel
The One Direction star made an appearance at this year's judges' houses
If there’s one thing that has been constant about The X Factor over the years, it’s that Simon Cowell’s 80s pal Sinitta has helped him at the judges’ houses stage. However, this year she clearly didn’t get the call as 1D fave Louis Tomlinson took a seat next to the music mogul.
Louis Tomlinson could be on our screens every Saturday night next year
And it seems that while he was there Simon got a chance to look over his C.V. for a potential spot on the main judging panel in the future.
Continue reading: Has Louis Tomlinson Signed A Deal To Be A Judge On Next Year's X Factor?
At the judges’ houses the remaining groups were rebranded over ‘copyright issues’.
The six acts in Cheryl Fernandez-Versini’s ‘Groups’ category on the ‘X—Factor’ have all undergone name changes during the judges’ houses round. The name changes are said to be due to ‘copyright’ issues, but it’s common practice in the groups’ category to give acts a rebranding before the live shows.
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini’s Groups have all undergone name changes.
While a spokesperson for the show confirmed to the Express that the acts had undergone name changes, they did not comment further. The changes are said to have taken place to avoid any potential ‘copyright issues’.
Continue reading: Meet Cheryl's New Groups As All Six 'X-Factor' Acts Undergo Name Changes
The judge had made no secret of the fact he didn’t want the Overs category, but picking his final six proved harder than even he had imagined.
Simon Cowell didn't want to mentor the Overs again on the ‘X-Factor’ this year, so Sunday night’s edition of the Six Chair Challenge was particularly tough for the talent show judge. Faced with picking which six contestants he would take to the judges’ houses, Cowell was indecisive and at times ruthless, as he whittled down the remaining contestants.
Simon Cowell had a tough time during the ‘X-Factor’ six chair challenge on Sunday night.
Holly Johnson, a 27 year old estate agent was the first to get the axe, following her rendition of Pharrell’s ‘Happy’. "This is very easy - it's no,” Cowell said, leaving new judge Nick Grimshaw shocked.
Not much is changing as the talent completion enters its 10th series.
Simon Cowell and the producers of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ have confirmed the judging panel will remain the same as the show enters its 10th series. Cowell, David Walliams, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon will all be back next year, as will hosts Ant and Dec.
Simon Cowell has revealed the 2016 ‘‘Britain’s Got Talent’ judging panel.
"I can't believe that in 2016 we are going to celebrate ten series of ‘Britain's Got Talent’. So, let's make this a special year and we want the best of the best to come and audition. There will be lots of surprises in store,” Cowell said.
The X Factor presenter spoke about his difficulties with the Loose Women panel
Cheeky chappie Olly Murs has revealed he has been anything but cheerful recently after a "difficult" break up with his long-term girlfriend. The X Factor presenter told the Loose Women panel that he had had a "couple of difficult weeks" following his break-up and spoke of his frustration over rumours that his boss Simon Cowell has been trying to set him up with his co-host Caroline Flack.
Olly Murs admitted that it had been a "difficult" time in the wake of his break up
The 31-year-old singer said: "I’m so cross with him. It’s so silly. I’ve obviously gone through a break up with my girlfriend which has been quite sad and it’s been quite a difficult couple of weeks.
Continue reading: Olly Murs Admits "Difficult" Split From Long Term Girlfriend
The girls, who are being mentored by Rita Ora, were whittled down to six during Sunday night’s ‘X-Factor’.
‘X-Factor’ judge Rita Ora had a tough time on Sunday night’s edition of the ITV talent show. The singer, who is new to the judging panel this year, had to decide which six contestants would make it to the judge’s houses round during the show’s tense Six Chair Challenge.
Rita Ora has picked her six girls to take to the judge’s houses.
Ora has been given the Girls category to mentor this series, with Nick Grimshaw taking the Boys, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini the Groups and Simon Cowell (much to his disgust) getting the Over-25s. This year (for the first time ever) the judges’ categories were chosen by public vote.
Continue reading: Rita Ora Picks Her Girls During 'The X-Factor's' Six Chair Challenge
The 2013 winner of the ITV talent show is happy to be cut loose from the SyCo record label.
Former ‘X-Factor’ winner Sam Bailey has spoken of her joy to be free from Simon Cowell’s record label Syco, meaning she can now work more and arrange her own gigs. The 2013 winner of the talent show said that her TV mentor Sharon Osbourne had advised her to leave the label, so she would be able to take control of her career.
Sam Bailey has said she wasn’t happy on Simon Cowell’s record label.
“Sharon said, ‘The sooner you are out of the record deal the better because you’ll get to do what you want to,’” Bailey told The Mirror. “There were lots of work opportunities when I was with Syco but the label wouldn’t let me take them.”
Meghan Trainor, Jess Glynne and Mark Ronson are the other celebrity guests helping the judges select who goes through to the live rounds.
ITV has announced some pretty major names from the pop world as guests for the judges’ houses stage of ‘The X Factor’ over the next few weeks, the biggest of which is former alumnus of the show Louis Tomlinson who’ll be assisting Simon Cowell.
23 year old Tomlinson, who finished in third place on ‘The X Factor’ with One Direction back in 2010, will be helping Cowell choose which singers from the “overs” category will be going through to the live shows later in the series. Tomlinson will be replacing Cowell’s regular aide Sinitta in the chair, and ends speculation linking former judge Louis Walsh with the role.
Continue reading: Louis Tomlinson Among The 'X Factor' Guests For Judges' Houses
That’s potentially another 40 years of the ‘X-Factor’.
Simon Cowell has been told he’ll live to be 95, giving the ‘X-Factor’ judge another 40 years to continue his domination of the music business. Cowell has told the Daily Mail he visited an LA doctor who predicted his year of death, using high tech DNA testing.
Simon Cowell has been told he’s got another 40 years of life left.
“I had the DNA test done in LA which predicts when you’re going to die. They take your blood and DNA, then give you back a sheet of paper which says ‘We think you’re going to be alive until xxxx',” Cowell told the newspaper.
Continue reading: Simon Cowell Has Been Told He'll Live To Be 95
Unnamed sources close to the show have told The Sun that Walsh is poised to come back to 'The X Factor' in time for the live shows as a "fifth judge".
Louis Walsh could be in the frame to return to ‘The X Factor’ amid increasing concerns about flagging ratings. He is reported to be in talks to return to the ITV show in time for the live shows, even though he departed before the current series started.
Rumours have abounded since the start of September that Simon Cowell has been putting in ‘crisis calls’ to Walsh, the man he axed from the panel earlier this year having served on it since the show began in 2004.
A source close to the ITV production has now told The Sun on Thursday (September 24th) that Walsh may now be poised to make a spectacular return as a ‘fifth judge’ – partly to counteract the presence of Nick Grimshaw, whom viewers apparently find “boring” and has reportedly displeased bosses who believe he’s the main reason for the new series’ poor ratings so far.
Continue reading: Is Louis Walsh Set For A Sensational 'X Factor' Return?
The music manager has said he’d only return to the show if it was a ‘fun panel’.
After being axed from the ‘X-Factor’ after 11 years, Louis Walsh has hit out at the show’s new judging panel and in particular DJ Nick Grimshaw. But despite no longer being on the series, the 63 year old has said he still tunes into ITV every Saturday and thinks the show's ratings will improve.
Louis Walsh isn't enjoying the new ‘X-Factor’ judging panel.
“I’m not sure about Grimshaw. I haven’t seen much of him," Walsh told the Daily Star. "People don’t like change and I think they miss Dermot and maybe some people miss me. The new panel needs time to bed in.”
Continue reading: Louis Walsh Isn't Impressed By The New 'X-Factor' Judging Panel
Why is the revamped ‘X-Factor’ just not bringing in the viewers this year?
The ‘X-Factor’ has enjoyed a slight ratings boost in its third week of series 12, with 7.55 million viewers tuning into ITV on Saturday evening. However the numbers are still significantly lower than last year's and the show is yet to go had-to-head with BBC One’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, which begins in two weeks.
Ratings for the ‘X-Factor’ have been low this series despite a new judging panel.
According to The Mirror, 7.55 million watched the show live on ITV at 8pm, and then a further 359,000 caught the episode on the ITV+1 channel. However this time last year the show was pulling in 8.43 million on ITV and a further 441,000 viewers an hour later.
The X Factor boss is hoping the former judge can revive a flagging show
Simon Cowell went all guns blazing for the latest series of The X Factor: poaching Rita Ora from BBC’s The Voice; drafting in young audience pleaser Nick Grimshaw; booting old-time judge Louis Walsh from the panel; and sticking with pretty Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.
Simon Cowell is calling in old pal Louis Walsh to help with The X Factor's ratings slump
He’s changed the category format, thrown everyone’s favourite presenter, Dermot O’Leary, away and declared war on his Saturday night rival, Strictly Come Dancing.
Continue reading: Simon Cowell Reportedly Makes A Crisis Call To Louis Walsh
The music mogul has been given the over-25s to mentor again.
The ‘X-Factor’ judges have been given their categories for this year, with Simon Cowell mentoring the Over-25s for the second year in a row. For the first time ever, this series the fans were given the opportunity to select the judges’ categories, with a vote taking place on twitter over the weekend.
Simon Cowell will mentor the Over-25s again this year.
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini was given the Groups, after mentoring the Girls last year, while new judge Nick Grimshaw will mentor the Boys and fellow newbie Rita Ora will take the Girls. After the categories were announced Cheryl expressed her excitement on twitter writing, ‘I GOT THE GROUPSSSSS!!! I am so excited !!’
Simon Cowell - Simon Cowell and Mezhgan Hussainy arrive at a studio in Burbank - Los Angles, CA, United States - Friday 6th September 2013
Guest - The Health Lottery reception with Simon Cowell held at Claridge's - Outside Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 28th March 2013
Simon Cowell and The X Factor Monday 14th May 2012 and Demi Lovato leave ABC Kitchen Restaurant together after it was announced that Lovato will be joining the new judging line up of 'The X Factor USA'
Simon Cowell and Mezhgan Hussainy - Simon Cowell's ex-fiancee Mezhgan Hussainy Tuesday 17th April 2012 seen shopping on Robertson Boulevard after leaving the Ivy. Mezhgan was reported paid $8 million by Simon after a recent break up
Simon Cowell Saturday 19th March 2011 arriving at C restaurant London, England
Simon Cowell Tuesday 9th February 2010 The judges arrive for the 'Britains Got Talent' auditions at the Apollo Theatre. London, England
Simon Cowell Thursday 1st May 2008 Simon Cowell at the Ivy restaurant Los Angeles, California
Simon Cowell Wednesday 1st August 2007 arriving at Cipriani resturant London, England
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