I am actually going to miss Howie, Nick, Heidi and Mel.
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.
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'
The music mogul says he has an idea for a new show involving ‘cakes and innuendos’.
Simon Cowell has said he believes the BBC made a mistake in letting the ‘Great British Bake Off’ move to Channel 4. The ‘X Factor’ boss recently signed a new three year deal to keep his talent shows on ITV, but says he does feel bad for the BBC and their situation.
Simon Cowell has some ideas for a ‘Bake Off’ replacement
“Personally I think it is a mistake. I just do,” he told The Sun. “I feel bad for the BBC, because they launched the format and it must be incredibly frustrating when you are in that position and you have got a huge hit but you can’t compete but I get the reasons why you can’t compete.”
Continue reading: Simon Cowell Says It Was A Mistake For The BBC To Let The 'Bake Off' Go
Arthur has made a comeback with new single ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’.
Former ‘X Factor’ winner James Arthur has resigned with Simon Cowell’s record label Syco two years after being let go. Arthur was dropped from the label in 2014 after a series of public controversies, but recently the singer has made a chart comeback with latest single ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’.
James Arthur has resigned with Syco records
A spokesperson for Syco confirmed they’d resigned Arthur, saying: ‘We can confirm that James Arthur is now once again signed to Syco Music in the UK. We are delighted to welcome him back into the Syco fold.’
Unlike the ‘Great British Bake Off’ Cowell’s talent shows are staying put.
‘The X Factor’ and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ creator Simon Cowell has announced he’s inked a brand new three year deal to keep both talent shows on their home of ITV. Both shows are two of the UK’s biggest television formats and will continue to be broadcast by ITV until at least 2019.
Simon Cowell is keeping ‘The X Factor’ on ITV for three more years
The new partnership begins with ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ in Spring 2017 followed by ‘The X Factor’ in the Autumn. Announcing the new deal Cowell said: "I want to thank ITV for continuing to be fantastic partners. I'm delighted for the shows and, in particular, for all the talented people who work on them with us.”
Continue reading: Simon Cowell Signs Three Year Deal To Keep 'X Factor' And 'BGT' On ITV
Zayn is working with TV producer Dick Wolf on a drama for NBC about life in a boyband.
Simon Cowell has reacted to the news that former One Direction member Zayn Malik is moving into television with his own boyband-inspired drama. The music mogul said Zayn ‘should have come to him with the idea’ first, instead of collaborating with Hollywood producer Dick Wolf.
Simon Cowell thinks Zayn should be working with him on his boyband-inspired TV show
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Cowell said: "Nothing surprises me anymore. I think he should have come to me with it, if I'm being honest with you.” Back in 2010 Cowell formed One Direction on ‘The X Factor’ and he managed the band’s career until their hiatus earlier this year.
The hopeful confused the judges with her unique audition on Sunday night’s show.
The most memorable contestant on Sunday night’s ‘X Factor’ auditions was undoubtably Sada Vidoo, a ‘living doll’ who gained four yeses from the judges for her rendition of ‘Love Is A Battlefield’. But while Sada may have been new to British TV viewers, it’s now be claimed that she is actually an established platinum-selling act from Denmark.
The X Factor (@TheXFactor) September 4, 2016
Cowell had recently said he was “expecting to announce something soon with Niall”.
Niall Horan has reportedly made the shock decision to sign a solo record deal with Universal Music, instead of Simon Cowell’s Syco label. According to reports, the label pursued Niall to sign a deal after failing to lure away Harry Styles, who ended up staying with Sony, the label which houses Cowell’s Syco.
Has Niall Horan inked a solo deal with Universal?
A US source told the Daily Star: “This will come as a real blow to Cowell who has been talking to Niall for months, wanting him to sign a deal with his label Syco. He made a number of big money offers to try and persuade Niall to sign up but, in the end, Universal came in and put even more money on the table.
The ‘X Factor’ returned on Saturday night with old faces back on the judging panel, but it wasn't enough to bring in the viewers.
The ‘x factor’s’ return on Saturday night gave the ITV talent show its lowest ratings for a series opener in 10 years, despite the revamped judging panel. On Saturday night Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh all returned to the show as judges, alongside Simon Cowell, while Dermot O’Leary was back as host.
‘X Factor’ judge Simon Cowell
But the much hyped return of the fan-favourite judges didn't give the show the ratings boost it had hoped for. On Saturday night 6.8 million viewers tuned in, which was 800,000 down from last year's launch episode and the lowest numbers for a series opener since 2005.
Despite the drastic re-shuffle and re-formatting, 800,000 fewer people watched the first episode of 'The X Factor' than last year.
‘The X Factor’s return to the nation’s TV screens did not go as ITV bosses had planned, with overnight viewing figures for the singing contest’s first episode down to the show’s lowest ratings in more than ten years.
The return of ‘The X Factor’, with an almost entirely overhauled judging panel and presenting team, on Saturday night (August 27th) was viewed by an average 6.8 million people – representing a drop of 800,000 compared to the launch episode from 2015’s series.
It represented a 34% audience share, up against a feature-length 30th anniversary episode of ‘Casaulty’ on BBC1. This is also down on the 39% audience share from 2015.
Continue reading: 'The X Factor' Viewing Figures Down 800,000 On Last Year
Cowell and Osbourne were conspicuously absent from the central London launch event of 2016's 'X Factor' this week.
56 year old Simon and 63 year old Sharon were both no-shows at the central London hotel on Thursday night (August 25th), as the other two judges Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh were left to do press commitments.
Cowell is currently busy with the final stages of ‘America’s Got Talent’ and was obviously unavailable, but Osbourne’s excuse was ‘filming commitments’ – whatever that means.
Continue reading: Simon Cowell And Sharon Osbourne Miss 'The X Factor' Launch Event
Date of birth
7th October, 1959
I am actually going to miss Howie, Nick, Heidi and Mel.
America's Got Talent! See you next year. Simon. X.
I haven't finished yet! My gratitude to our production team, our sponsors and to NBC who backed this show from the beginning.
And congratulations to all of the finalists. And of course a huge thank you to all of the fans who watched the show this year. Simon. X
What a fantastic night #AGT @nbcagt. And congratulations to @GraceVanderWaal. So well deserved.
It was an amazing night. #AGTFinale
Can't believe we're at the final already. Think it's gonna be amazing. Good luck to everyone. #AGTFinale
I can't believe the final of AGT is next week. It has been so much fun making this show. And a huge thank you to the fans of the show.
Huge congratulations to CNCO. Very proud of you. Simon.
I hate the judges #AGT @nbcagt
I think I'm about to get seriously hurt...blame the judges #AGT @nbcagt
Hello! AGT is back tomorrow night at 8PM on @NBC - hope you all enjoy the show! #AGT
Just heard the terrible news from Nice. I am shocked. My thoughts and prayers to all affected.
First look new X Factor. Gulp! https://t.co/DskpvUPLAK
This is the amazing Calysta. She was my golden buzzer pick on @nbcagt. https://t.co/Lu5rmZFDpt
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Heartbroken for Jo. My thoughts and prayers are for your family.
Jo. Please get well. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Orlando my thoughts and prayers are with you
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