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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.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

'Britain's Got Talent' Birmingham Auditions - Day 2

David Walliams, Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon , Amanda Holden - 'Britain's Got Talent' Birmingham auditions - Day 2 - Arrivals at Hippodrome, Britain's Got Talent - Birmingham, United Kingdom - Friday 5th February 2016

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'The X Factor' Is Apparently NOT Being Axed By ITV, Despite Rumours


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ITV may have burst the dreams of millions of music fans, with reports that ‘The X Factor’ will not be facing the axe despite its low ratings last year. Simon Cowell’s show seems to have earned a stay of execution from the network’s bosses, and will continue until at least 2017.

Recent reports had suggested that, with ‘The Voice’ moving from BBC to ITV next year, ‘The X Factor’ would be rested in 2017. “[ITV] will rest ‘The X Factor’ for 2017 because there is no way they can run two singing contests and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ in the same year, they cannot do it,” a source had told the Daily Mail earlier this week, implying that the network would effectively use it as insurance.

Simon CowellSimon Cowell's 'X Factor' has reportedly been under the threat of being axed by ITV

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Britains Got Talent Auditions

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'X-Factor' Winner Ben Haenow Confirms Departure From Simon Cowell's Record Label


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Former ‘X-Factor’ winner Ben Haenow has confirmed he’s parted ways with Simon Cowell’s record label Syco, after just one year of working together. The 31-year-old was crowned the winner of the ITV talent show in 2014, beating Fleur East, but he’s suffered from poor record sales in recent months.

Ben HaenowBen Haenow has left Simon Cowell’s record label.

On Thursday The Sun reported that Haenow had been axed from Syco with an ‘X-Factor’ source saying “Simon made the decision with a heavy heart. He was a big supporter of Ben but it’s simply down to business — Fleur East, who came second, has done much better.”

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Harry Styles Reportedly Sacks 1D Publicist And Management Team


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Harry Styles has made moves to distance himself from One Direction as he embarks on a solo career, by reportedly firing his publicist and management team of five years.

According to a report in The Sun, the singer has ditched Modest Management, who made him and 1D famous, and is being represented for the purposes of his upcoming solo material by his close friend, L.A. agent Jeffrey Azoff. Furthermore, Syco and Simon Cowell are also rumoured to be next in line for the chop.

Harry StylesHarry Styles is said to have sacked his 1D management and publicity team

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X Factor Winner Ben Haenow Parts With Simon Cowell's Label, Syco


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Former X Factor winner Ben Haenow has been dropped from Simon Cowell’s record label, Syco. Ben, a former driver from Croydon, triumphed on the Saturday night singing show in 2014 and his single went straight in at the Christmas number one.

Ben HaenowBen Haenow has been dropped from his record label

Unfortunately, Haenow’s success hasn’t been repeated with the lead single from his debut album - a duet with Kelly Clarkson, Second Hand Heart - only reaching number 21.

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Simon Cowell "Not Interested" In What Zayn Malik Has To Say About One Direction


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After his comments about his former One Direction bandmates barely acknowledging his existence, the group’s former mentor Simon Cowell has dismissed Zayn Malik by saying he’s “not interested in a single word he says”.

When asked by Yahoo Celebrity if he was worried that what Malik said might damage the group, the ‘X Factor’ judge and music mogul replied with typical candour: “I’m not interested in a single word he says, but I am interested in what he sings.”

This seems to chime with his attitude at the launch of the auditions for this year’s series of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, when he said of Zayn’s upcoming solo material: “I’ve heard it, it’s good, he’s going to do well.”

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Simon Cowell Fires Back At Dermot O'Leary Over 'X-Factor' Comments


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‘X-Factor’ boss Simon Cowell has hit back at the show’s former host Dermot O’Leary. O’Leary, who left the ITV talent show last year, hosted the National Television Awards on January 20th and used his opening monologue to cheekily reference his ‘X-Factor’ exit.

Simon CowellSimon Cowell has responded to Dermot O’Leary’s comments during the NTAs.

“I’ve still got this job... for now,” O’Leary said while opening the ceremony. Speaking to The Sun, during the first 'Britain's Got Talent' auditions last week Cowell fired back saying. “He’s got the NTA job – yeah, for once a year. That’s a big move.”

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Britains Got Talent - Arrivals

Simon Cowell - Dominion Theatre. - London, United Kingdom - Friday 22nd January 2016

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Britain's Got Talent Auditions - Arrivals

Simon Cowell - Britain's Got Talent Auditions Arrivals at Britain's Got Talent - London, United Kingdom - Friday 22nd January 2016

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Simon Cowell Helping Cheryl Fernandez-Versini Through Divorce


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Simon Cowell has been supporting Cheryl Fernandez-Versini over the last few difficult months as her marriage has split apart, according to a new story published the music mogul’s brother Tony.

Writing in Best magazine earlier this week, Cowell’s brother said that the ‘X Factor’ judge had been a constant shoulder upon which to cry for Cheryl, who recently announced her separation from her second husband Jean-Bernard, a French restauranteur, after their relationship had grown increasingly distant in the latter half of 2015.

Tony Cowell writes that Cheryl “just wasn’t herself” throughout the most recent series of the ITV singing contest, adding (like many viewers had remarked) that she often looked “thin and frail, and appeared preoccupied and distant at times.”

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Liverpool Auditions For 'Britain's Got Talent' - Day 2 - Arrivals

Simon Cowell - Liverpool auditions for 'Britain's Got Talent' - Day 2 - Arrivals at Britain's Got Talent - Liverpool, United Kingdom - Saturday 16th January 2016

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Dermot O'Leary's Advice To Simon Cowell: 'Take The 'X-Factor' Off Air For A Year'


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After suffering from low rating’s last year, most agree that it’s time the ‘X-Factor’ had a bit of a shake-up. But the talent competition’s former host Dermot O’Leary has gone further and said he thinks the best thing Simon Cowell could do is take the show off air for a whole year.

Dermot O'LearyDermot O’Leary thinks the ‘X-Factor’ could benefit from a year off.

“If I was Simon I’d take [The X Factor] off air for a year,” O’Leary told the Radio Times magazine. “I’d rest it.”

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Jay-Z Wants To Make Harry Styles 'The Biggest Artist In The World'


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Jay-Z has reportedly vowed to make Harry Styles “the biggest artist in the world” and guide his solo career. The rapper, who is also the boss of Roc Nation, has said he’s even willing to work with Simon Cowell to help manage Harry’s post-One Direction career.

harry stylesJay-Z thinks he could make Harry Styles ‘the biggest artist in the world’.

"Harry doesn't need any help with exposure, everybody in the world knows who he is,” Jay-Z reportedly told The Daily Star Sunday. "But he does need to make the transition from being part of a group to becoming an individual artist."

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Simon Cowell 'Regrets' Louisa Johnson Song Choice, As Christmas Number One Looks Unlikely


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Simon Cowell reportedly ‘regrets’ picking ‘Forever Young’ as this year’s ‘X-Factor’ winner’s single. The Bob Dylan cover was released by 2015 winner Louisa Johnson last week and became the lowest charting winner’s single in the show’s 11-year history, only reaching number nine.

Simon CowellSimon Cowell is said to ‘regret’ his song choice for Louisa Johnson.

A source told The Sun: "It’s an embarrassing result for Syco (Cowell’s record label). Even though Louisa had two fewer days of sales, they expected the single to fare much better. On reflection, they feel picking a more up-tempo, anthemic song would have been a better idea.”

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Simon Cowell

Date of birth

7th October, 1959

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Businessman

Sex

Male

Height

1.75




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