Rest in peace George. You were always one of the greatest.
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.
‘Let it Shine’ begins this Saturday on BBC One.
Take That singer Gary Barlow will launch new BBC talent show ‘Let It Shine’ this Saturday, which searches for five singers to form a Take That tribute act who will star in a West End musical.
But speaking ahead of the show’s launch, Barlow appeared to make a thinly veiled dig at rival talent show ‘X Factor’ on which he previously appeared as a judge.
Gary Barlow is launching new talent show ‘Let It Shine’
Matt is currently battling for the Christmas number one spot with Ed Sheeran penned track, ‘When Christmas Comes Around’.
Matt Terry was crowned the winner of this year’s ‘X Factor’ on Sunday night, beating singer Saara Aalto and landing a £1 million record deal.
But unlike previous winners, Matt not been signed by Simon Cowell’s Syco Records, instead choosing to ink a deal with a different Sony label, RCA Records.
Matt Terry has signed with RCA rather than Syco
The London-born rapper has already teased her debut album.
Honey G didn't manage to make it to the finals of this year’s ’x factor’, but no contestant was given as much press as the wannabe rapper from Harrow.
Now the 35-year-old has confirmed she’s signed to Simon Cowell’s record label Syco, and even hinted that her debut album is on the way.
Continue reading: Honey G Confirms She's Signed With Simon Cowell's Record Label
Ed Sheeran has provided the winner’s single, ‘When Christmas Comes Around’.
Matt Terry has been crowned the winner of this year’s ‘x factor’.
The 23-year-old waiter, who was competed as part of Nicole Scherzinger's Boys' category, beat Finnish singer Saara Aalto, to claim the title on Sunday evening.
This year's ‘X Factor’ winner, Matt Terry
Continue reading: Matt Terry Crowned This Year's 'X Factor' Winner
Sharon held up a cue card containing instructions on what to say when revealing which act she was voting off on Sunday night's episode.
On Sunday night’s episode (November 27th), Sharon was seen holding up a cue card to the camera that had presumably been placed on her desk, out of shot, containing the words she was being instructed to say.
“The name of the act I am sending home is,” the sheet of paper read, with the last two words underlined to remind the judge to emphasise them.
Continue reading: Sharon Osbourne Forgets Lines In Another 'X Factor' Gaffe
The wannabe rapper could pull off a major upset this year, but Simon Cowell says she’d need a miracle.
The music mogul later explained his controversial decision on spin-off show ‘Xtra Factor’, where he also revealed he doesn't believe Honey can win the show.
Simon Cowell saved Honey G, but doesn't see her as a potential winner
Simon Cowell is hoping Sheeran’s songwriting skills will put the ‘X Factor’ back on top of the Christmas charts.
Ed Sheeran has reportedly written a new song that will be released by the winner of this year’s ‘X Factor’ as a Christmas single.
The track is reportedly an acoustic ballad, in Sheeran’s trademark style, which Simon Cowell is hoping will put the 'X Factor' back on top of the festive charts.
Ed Sheeran has reportedly penned this year’s ‘X Factor’ winner’s single
Continue reading: Ed Sheeran Has Reportedly Written This Year's 'X Factor' Winner's Single
The wannabe rapper had only been told the theme minutes before.
This year’s ‘x factor’ has once again been accused of being fixed after Honey G said she already had an ‘amazing track’ ready for next week, minutes after hearing the theme.
On Sunday night’s show Ant and Dec spun the jukebox wheel from the set of ‘I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here’, with Movie Week being selected as the theme.
Simon Cowell’s ‘X Factor’ has been branded a ‘fix’ again
Cowell almost accidentally voted to eliminate Gifty Louise, one of the acts he mentored himself, last weekend.
The 57 year old music mogul had accidentally picked Gifty Louise to leave the singing contest on Sunday night (October 30th), before quickly changing his mind and nominating the girl-group Four of Diamonds.
Simon Cowell at the Pride of Britain Awards 2016
Continue reading: Simon Cowell Apologises For 'X Factor' Voting Gaffe
People are skeptical after the jukebox's 'random' pick of Fright Night theme
Fans of the X Factor have been struggling with the show this year and a few people have been unable to believe it’s not a fix. However, one star of the show, Xtra Factor host, Rylan Clark-Neal has come out to defend the programme after the latest round of accusations.
Rylan Clark-Neal has defended The X Factor
Last week’s suggested scandal was the fact that the ‘random’ jukebox - which decides the theme of the next week’s show - conveniently landed on Fright Night.
Continue reading: Rylan Clark-Neal Has Come Out In Defence Of The X Factor Fix Claims
Date of birth
7th October, 1959
Rest in peace George. You were always one of the greatest.
Heartbroken for you @Louis_Tomlinson. Your mum Jay was an incredible person. Sending you all my love
I am very excited to congratulate @JamesArthur23 on his No.1 album and @LittleMix for staying at No.1 in the singles chart.
Loved the show tonight. A long night. Reading some stories. To be clear I would never 'ban' anyone from One Direction appearing on the show
I could not be more proud of @LittleMix reaching No.1. Huge congratulations girls. And as always thank you to the fans.
That was one of the best performances ever seen on @TheXFactor. Congratulations @LittleMix https://t.co/5wj3qpkfs8
Couldn't be happier to welcome back @JamesArthur23. Huge congratulations. https://t.co/2i1CuevWYj
Hello. Thank you for all of my birthday messages. X factor was so much fun tonight. Hope you enjoyed it. Simon.
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
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