Simon Cowell

  • 09 June 2004

Date of birth

7th October, 1959

Occupation

Businessman

Sex

Male

Height

1.75

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.

Why Might Sharon Osbourne Get Sacked From 'The X Factor'?

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 05 September 2018

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Ahead of her return to 'The X Factor' judging panel in a few weeks, Sharon had more than a few choice words on the show's head honcho Simon Cowell...

Sharon Osbourne’s future with ‘The X Factor’ is apparently in doubt after she launched a foul-mouthed rant at fellow judge Simon Cowell during a recent interview.

The 65 year old star spent an hour on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM show this week, and spent much of the time having a go at both Cowell and the set-up of the ITV talent show. ‘The X Factor’ returned for its first show of the year this past weekend, and Osbourne is expected to link up in a month or so for the start of the live shows.

However, speaking about ‘The X Factor’s head judge and progenitor, Osbourne described Cowell as a “f****** pain in the arse” and claimed that he’ll do “whatever” to get his “f****** fat face on the TV”.

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Louis Tomlinson Speaks About His Relationship With Simon Cowell

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 31 August 2018

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Former 1D star Tomlinson, who made their big break on 'The X Factor' eight years ago, spoke about his relationship with Cowell.

Ahead of the return of ‘The X Factor’ this weekend, former One Direction star Louis Tomlinson has spoken of how the show’s head Simon Cowell has been there for him as a mentor over the years.

Speaking with The Sun on Thursday (August 30th) alongside the show’s head honcho, 26 year old Tomlinson spoke about how Cowell was there for him when he lost his mother to leukaemia in 2016.

“He's one of the people I take advice from and speak to in those moments,” the singer explained. “I'm really lucky I've got such a good relationship with Simon.”

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Simon Cowell Reveals He Had To Pitch 'Britain's Got Talent' To David Walliams "Twice"

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 12 April 2018

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Hard to think now, but 'BGT' almost didn't happen after Cowell's disastrous first pitch to Walliams.

‘Britain’s Got Talent’ has long been one of the most successful television shows in Britain, but Simon Cowell has revealed that it nearly didn’t happen at all, saying that he had to pitch the idea to David Walliams twice to get him on board.

Music mogul Cowell and former ‘Little Britain’ actor Walliams are famed for their on-set banter every springtime on ‘BGT’, but their friendship was very far from certain, particularly when Cowell first decided to run the idea for the show past him.

“I think he’s always been un-sackable,” Cowell said when he was interview on ‘Lorraine’ on Thursday morning (April 12th).

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Simon Cowell Creating First Show For The BBC With 'The Greatest Dancer'

By Daniel Falconer in Movies / TV / Theatre on 26 March 2018

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Simon Cowell is expanding his entertainment empire with a new dancing talent show for the BBC.

Simon Cowell is as seasoned as they come when it comes to creating hit talent shows for television. To-date, he's brought a number of successful franchises to ITV, such as 'The X Factor' and 'Britain's Got Talent', but now it would appear he's jumping ship to work with the BBC for the very first time.

Simon Cowell will bring a talent competition to the BBC for the first time

'The Greatest Dancer' is the name of Cowell's latest project; a show produced by Syco Entertainment for broadcast on Saturday nights. The series will of course see a number of dance acts compete over eight hour-long episodes, with the winner being given the prestigious title of 'The Greatest Dancer'.

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Olly Murs Admits He Hasn't Spoken To Simon Cowell In Ages

By Ed Biggs in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 08 March 2018

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Despite not having spoken properly to Cowell since he was axed from 'The X Factor' over two years ago, 'The Voice' judge Murs thinks there's no bad blood.

Olly Murs has downplayed continued rumours about a feud with his former mentor Simon Cowell, after he took a job on the judging panel of rival singing contest ‘The Voice’ last year.

In October 2017, Murs, who was a finalist in the sixth series of ‘The X Factor’ back in 2009, raised eyebrows by accepting a place on ‘The Voice’ for its re-boot on ITV. Ever since, rumours have abounded that he has had a falling out with music mogul Cowell.

However, the English star mentioned in a new interview that, while he admittedly hasn’t even spoken to Cowell since he was axed as a presenter of ‘The X Factor’ back in late 2015, he reckons that there’s no bad blood between them.

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Cheryl Snubbing ITV To Make Her TV Comeback On BBC's 'The Greatest Dancer'

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 15 February 2018

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Cheryl is widely reported to be involved with 'The Greatest Dancer', a new talent show currently in development by the BBC.

After more than two years out, Cheryl has confirmed that her television comeback will be on the BBC’s new talent show ‘The Greatest Dancer’, in what appears to be a sensational snub to ITV.

The former Girls Aloud star was spotted filming the new series at the Hammersmith Apollo on Tuesday this week, and took photos with fans alongside Alesha Dixon, Jordan Banjo and Matthew Morrison.

Cheryl is therefore expected to be named one of the show’s ‘dance captains’ in the coming weeks.

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Simon Cowell Feared He Had Broken His Neck After Falling Down Stairs

By Ed Biggs in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 08 November 2017

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Cowell missed an episode of 'The X Factor' after the scary accident last month.

‘The X Factor’ head honcho Simon Cowell has spoken about the accident that kept him from attending the first live show of the series last week, revealing that he had initially feared that he had broken his neck.

The 58 year old fell down the stairs at his London home back on October 27th, and was taken to hospital as a precaution before returning home some hours later. However, at first, Cowell was genuinely concerned that he had suffered a serious and potentially life-changing injury, caused by what doctors thought was him “fainting” due to “low blood pressure”.

“I was lying on my back thinking, ‘I hope I haven’t broken my neck’,” he told The Sun newspaper on Tuesday night (November 7th). “But the NHS staff were the most amazing people I’ve ever met, genuinely. Fortunately it was all fine.”

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Harry Styles To Perform On X Factor - Quashing Rumours Of A Feud With Simon Cowell

By Charlotte Court in Music / Festivals on 06 November 2017

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The former boy band member shot to fame on the ITV reality show

Harry Styles is returning to where it all started: The X Factor. The young singer began his rise to international stardom on the show in 2010 as one fifth of popular boyband, One Direction, and is now going to return to the infamous stage next Sunday - quelling rumours of a rift between him and head judge, Simon Cowell, in the process.

Harry Styles is returning to the X Factor stage

The now solo singer will return to the show on the back of fellow former bandmate, Liam Payne’s footsteps and perform his new stuff on the ITV show.

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Nicole Scherzinger Says Its "Likely" She'll Return To The X Factor

By Charlotte Court in Movies / TV / Theatre on 30 October 2017

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The singer is currently mentoring the over 25s

The X Factor has only been back on our screens for a few months but already one of its judges is looking towards the line-up next year. Nicole Scherzinger has revealed she has already been asked back to the show, despite heavy suggestions by head judge Simon Cowell he would like Cheryl to return.

Nicole Scherzinger is currently a mentor for the over 25s on The X Factor

The former Pussycat Doll singer, 39, has yet to confirm whether she will return but said it is "most likely".

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Simon Cowell Rushed To Hospital After Fall At Home

By Charlotte Court in Movies / TV / Theatre on 27 October 2017

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The X Factor judge is believed to have fainted and fallen down the stairs

X Factor mogul Simon Cowell has reportedly been rushed to hospital after an accident at his London home. The ITV1 show maker was stretchered out of his capital city mansion at 8am on Friday (27 Oct) in a neck brace after an ambulance was called.

Simon Cowell has reportedly been rushed to hospital

The Sun has reported the 58-year-old is believed to have fainted and fallen down the stairs after getting a cup of hot milk.

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Mel B at the kickoff for NBC's "America's Got Talent" Season 12 held at Pasadena Civic Auditorium - Pasadena, California, United States - Tuesday 28th March 2017

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

Lauren Silverman and Simon Cowell at the 2016 The Pride of Britain Awards held at The Grosvenor Hotel, London, United Kingdom - Monday 31st October 2016

Simon Cowell at the 2016 The Pride of Britain Awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel, London, United Kingdom - Monday 31st October 2016

Simon Cowell seen posing alone and with Terri Seymour at NBC's 'America's Got Talent' season 11 live show held at Dolby Theatre, California, United States - Tuesday 2nd August 2016