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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.
The presenter's blunder has been overlooked by his boss
Olly Murs’ massive X Factor mistake has led to all sorts of speculation about the singer’s future as a presenter on one of the biggest shows on Saturday TV. However, big boss Simon Cowell has come out in defence of the star and may have gone someway to easing Olly’s worries.
The pair still appear to be the best of friends
Murs, 31, presents the show with Caroline Flack and prematurely announced the elimination of Monica Michael before he had been handed the "deadlock" envelope containing the results.
Continue reading: Olly Murs Has The Full Backing Of Simon Cowell
The 21 year old 'X Factor' hopeful was voted off the show on Sunday night, and has been doing a day of media appearances on Monday.
Upon his exit from ‘The X Factor’ – for good, this time – eliminated contestant Mason Noise has said that he wasn’t taking part in the show to win and that he’s “relieved” to have left.
Having already been granted a reprieve five weeks ago by being brought back by judge Nick Grimshaw, after fellow hopeful Tom Bleasby unexpectedly dropped out of the show voluntarily, the controversial 21 year old was finally voted off the show having received the least amount of support from the public on Sunday (November 22nd).
Mason Noise, who was eliminated from 'The X Factor' on Sunday (Nov 22)
Continue reading: 'X Factor' Reject Mason Noise Says He Wasn't In The Show To Win
Meanwhile, Caroline Flack dismissed rumours that the under-fire presenter was about to be sacked from the ITV singing competition.
Having apologised profusely for his hideous gaffe during last weekend’s episode of ‘The X Factor’, co-presenter Olly Murs has hit back against criticism of him, saying that the blunder has now been “massively blown out of proportion”.
On last Sunday’s episode (November 15th), Murs accidentally announced that contestant Monica Michael was going home before the actual result was announced that evening, leading to a huge backlash of criticism directed at him, with some speculating that he might even get fired, though he tweeted a quick apology for his “massive f*** up” via Twitter the same night.
Caroline Flack and Olly Murs, 'The X Factor' co-presenters
Continue reading: Olly Murs Says His 'X Factor' Mistake Has Been "Blown Out Of Proportion"
Walsh, who quit 'The X Factor' judging panel after 11 years, was persuaded by his old friend Simon Cowell not to damage his credibility by appearing on the survivalist TV show.
Former ‘x factor’ judge Louis Walsh has revealed that he was in fact extremely close to signing up for ‘I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!’ this year, but that a phone call from his former colleague Simon Cowell persuaded him from going through with it.
“I was supposed to be doing it. I met them three times, I was nearly going,” the 63 year old music mogul said at Sony Bravia TV’s YouView feature launch. “Simon told me he didn't think it would be good for my credibility. He actually talked me out of it. Otherwise I was going to do it.”
Louis Walsh was talked out of 'I'm A Celebrity...' by Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell - Simon Cowell and a team of celebrities, including violinist Vanessa-Mae, comedian and author Julian Clary, and actors Michael Fox (Downton Abbey) and Eleanor Matsuura (Cuffs) have been photographed with their companion dogs by world renowned portrait photographer, Rankin, to mark the launch of a global campaign by Cruelty Free International to end the use of dogs in experiments. Simon was joined by Squiddly, Diddly and Freddie in Rankin's London studio for the photo shoot to tell the world that dogs do not belong in laboratories. In support of the campaign, Simon said, "I have always loved dogs but had no idea how much happiness they would bring to my life. Squiddly, Diddly and, now, Freddie are hugely important members of my family - and even the thought of any dog being mistreated sickens me. That's why I'm supporting Cruelty Free International - to stop dogs being used for experiments in laboratories around the world. No dog should be treated in such a way. After all, they are man's (and woman's) best friend." Cruelty Free International Ambassador Vanessa-Mae, accompanied by Chihuahua, Max, said, "Dogs share our homes and our lives. The thought of the thousands of dogs who suffer and die in laboratories worldwide is too horrific to comprehend. As an Ambassador for Cruelty Free International, I am speaking out against experiments on dogs. Together we can end this cruelty once and for all." Julian, who was joined by Albert and Valerie, stated: "Albert and Valerie are a part of my family and are always by my side. I adore them, so the idea of so many dogs suffering or dying in experiments right here in the UK and across the world is absolutely heart-breaking. I am delighted to join Cruelty Free International and its new campaign to end the use of dogs in laboratories. " Michelle Thew, Chief Executive of Cruelty Free International, said "We are thrilled to have such high profile support for our global campaign to end experiments on dogs. - London, United Kingdom - Monday 16th November 2015
Cowell and Lauren Silverman’s relationship was first discovered in 2013 when it was revealed they were expecting a child together.
Simon Cowell has opened up for the first time about his affair with Lauren Silverman. The ‘X-Factor’ judge has said he feels ‘no pride’ over the circumstances surrounding the beginning of his relationship with Silverman, who was married to his best friend at the time.
Simon Cowell has spoken for the first time about his affair with Lauren Silverman.
Speaking to the Mail on Sunday Event magazine, Cowell said: "I’m not proud of the circumstances, I can’t hold my head up about it.” The 56-year-old music mogul is reported to have began his relationship with Lauren while she was still with ex husband Andrew Silverman.
This is sure to annoy some music fans…
Simon Cowell has reportedly decided on the song which will be covered by the winner of this year’s ‘X-Factor’. The music mogul is said to have picked Bob Dylan’s 1974 classic ‘Forever Young’ for the 2015 winner to re-work, a choice that’s sure to anger many music fans.
Simon Cowell is said to have chosen a Bob Dylan song as the ‘X-Factor’ winner's single.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "Simon is aware that the song choice will split opinion. Some will argue he is introducing Bob and the song itself to a new, younger audience. But arguably the majority will feel the opposite.”
The music mogul has turned to fans for advice, as the ‘X-Factor’ continues to suffer from falling ratings.
Simon Cowell has asked fans on twitter to give him some ideas for possible upcoming theme nights on ‘The X-Factor’. The music mogul took part in the social media brainstorming session on Tuesday night and also asked for help finding his favourite beer in London.
Simon Cowell has asked ‘X-Factor’ fans for advice on twitter.
Cowell tweeted: ‘What would be your favourite theme for an X Factor week. This is for two weeks time.’ Suggestions from fans included everything from a night dedicated to Phil Collins, who has recently come out of retirement, to a show featuring acts singing One Direction hits.
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?”
Date of birth
7th October, 1959
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So proud of @onedirection - I do think this is their best album to date. Thank you for all of your support https://t.co/BeVc4TgSQ9
Goodnight and good morning wherever you are.
Happiness is a day off work. https://t.co/WRKyB0P2U9
Someone is happy Jungle Book is on. Again! https://t.co/Oacex3uJOz
Thinking of everyone in Paris. Praying for the families of the victims. Please stay safe. #prayforparis
Goodnight and good morning. Simon.
Some of the ideas you sent are very funny. And a lot of good ideas. Thanks again. Simon
Another question. What would be your favourite theme for an X Factor week. This is for two weeks time.
Does anyone in London sell Corona light beer. We have run out
How incredible was that Fleur performance tonight. One of the best I have ever seen
Looking forward to something which is going to happen on Sunday. And now it's time for bed and a toffee yoghurt.
And Louisa Che and Lauren also fantastic.
They mashed up What makes you Beautiful with Cheerleader. Sounds crazy but it was fantastic.
I LOVE Reggie and Bollie
RT @syco: A rare snap of @SimonCowell hitting @TheXFactor canteen for some traditional cottage pie! 😋 https://t.co/Pn2iX1zLao
Five incredible years. And it was all down to you and the fans. Enjoy the break boys. You deserve it.................
Che Louisa and Monica all amazing
@TerriSeymour pour yourself a cuppa?