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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.
Cowell is combing his rolodex to organise a star-studded charity single for the families affected by the Grenfell Tower fire disaster this week.
‘The X Factor’ music mogul Simon Cowell has confirmed that he is organising a special charity single to help raise money for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.
The 57 year old music industry legend announced via Twitter on Wednesday night (June 15th) that he was “making calls” among his hundreds of contacts to try to gets as many artists as possible to appear on the single. One Direction and Little Mix are among the high-profile artists signed to his Syco label.
Simon Cowell is organising a charity single for the Grenfell Tower fire victims
Continue reading: Simon Cowell Organising Charity Single For Grenfell Tower Fire Victims
Cowell shot down magician Lee's performance rather brutally on Wednesday night.
Simon Cowell incurred the wrath of several viewers last night when he complimented a female ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ contestant on her appearance but not her act, saying that she had “nice legs”.
30 year old magician Josephine Lee scored well with ‘BGT’ fans watching at home with her performance during Wednesday night’s show (May 31st), which was notable because she was conducting her tricks not to a background tracking of music, but to a spoken-word voiceover soundtrack about female empowerment.
Judges David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden all praised Lee, but Cowellwas not impressed with her performance. “I don’t think you’ve got the showmanship. I get it you’re a girl – you don’t want to be the assistant but I got a bit sick of it.”
Continue reading: Simon Cowell Accused Of Sexism After Remark About 'BGT's Josephine Lee
Horan has quit Syco to pursue his solo career with Capitol Records.
Niall Horan has risked incurring the wrath of Simon Cowell by quitting the music mogul’s record label Syco, the imprint to which his former group One Direction are signed, for a new deal on Capitol Records.
It’s a bold move for Horan, parting ways with the person who discovered him on ‘The X Factor’ all those years ago, but it’s one that other members of the group have already done in pursuit of their own solo careers over the last year or so.
Niall Horan has quit Syco
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
Cowell and the 'Britain's Got Talent' judges were left surprised when a 37-strong choir left the stage rather than face a dressing down from the panel during auditions in Blackpool.
‘Britain’s Got Talent’ head honcho Simon Cowell was left staggered after one of the acts auditioning for a place in this year’s series simply walked off stage, rather than remain to face criticism from him.
A report emerging on Friday (January 20th) claims that the extraordinary reaction came during auditions this week in Blackpool, when a 37-strong choir called Dale Divas had attempted to impress the panel of judges, headed by Cowell, with a version of Adele’s ‘Rolling In the Deep’.
The 'Britain's Got Talent' judges were in Blackpool this week
‘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
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
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
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'
Date of birth
7th October, 1959
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I really want to thank everyone at @ITV for giving up their timeslot to show the Artists For Grenfell video. It really is much appreciated.
Thank you to everyone for their help and support in making this happen.
For those in the UK, the video will then premiere on ITV before Coronation Street tomorrow night.
As well as buying the single, we hope people can support those affected by the Grenfell fire by donating. https://t.co/071cWmDNs1
Tomorrow at 8am across major UK radio stations, you will be able to hear Bridge Over Troubled Water. https://t.co/Bgg8u6oU4N
We hope to confirm a record tomorrow which will raise some money for the many people affected by this tragedy. Making calls tonight.
I am watching the footage of the Grenfell Tower fire in London. Heartbreaking.
I haven’t had chance to say this yet but thanks everyone for watching @BGT this year. Congratulations Tokio. We're excited to work with you.
If you want to see an inspirational audition, this is it. Congratulations Mandy, very proud of you. https://t.co/2pD3Qw8sKx
Thoughts are with innocent victims caught up in London Bridge incident. Please try to stay safe people.
These innocent people who lost their lives will never be forgotten. Stay strong Manchester.
My thoughts, love and prayers go out to everyone affected by the tragedy in Manchester.
My thoughts and prayers to all affected in my home town London. Stay strong.
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.
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