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.
She announced in June that she was leaving 'The Voice' to join the ITV reality singing contest instead, but has spoken about her decision for the first time today.
New judge on ‘The X Factor’ Rita Ora has revealed that she couldn’t say no to Simon Cowell’s offer once she had heard about the organisers’ new plans for the reality TV show, and that it was this that was the primary factor in her decision to leave ‘The Voice’.
The 24 year old hitmaker spoke to Lorraine Kelly on the British morning chat show ‘Lorraine’ about her high-profile network switch from the BBC to ITV, saying that she just wanted “to be a part of it” when she heard about the new ideas.
Rita Ora performing at Wireless Festival 2015
Continue reading: Rita Ora Opens Up About Why She Decided To Join 'The X Factor'
The comedian and talent show judge may have already enlisted the rest of his ‘Britain’s’ Got Talent’ family for the project.
‘Britain’s Got Talent’ judge David Walliams is reportedly putting his experiences on the ITV series to good use and writing a sitcom based around a talent show. Walliams, who has been a judge on the series since 2012, is said to have already got his fellow ‘BGT’ judges excited about the project and they’ve even asked for starring roles.
David Walliams is writing a sitcom based on ‘BGT’.
Speaking to The Sun, Alesha Dixon said that when Walliams’ revealed the project she and fellow judge Amanda Holden immediately demanded parts. "There has been a conversation," Dixon said. "Amanda and me are very keen to be involved. I think Simon [Cowell] would be up for it too. We'll bully our way in! I told David that whatever he does, just make sure sure I'm a cool character.”
The new judge was unable to ignore a particularly difficult review of her new job
The appointment of Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw to this year’s X Factor has definitely divided opinion but what cannot be denied is that their addition has created a lot of publicity for the talent show.
Rita Ora as a new X Factor judge has not been warmly received by everyone
Good and bad, there have been a lot of thoughts and viewpoints over popstar Ora and radio DJ Grimshaw taking the two spare judges chairs but it seems that when it comes to really negative criticism, Rita Ora simply can’t ignore it.
The British pop star has reportedly reached a deal with ITV to leave 'The Voice' and judge on 'The X Factor' this year.
After weeks of speculation, it seems that Rita Ora has finally jumped ship from the BBC to ITV, according to insiders, and will be taking up a place on the judging panel of ‘The X Factor’, abandoning ‘The Voice’ in the process after just one year.
The Mirror reports that the 24 year old pop star has accepted the fourth and final judges’ spot, a week after it was suggested that she had been offered £1.5 million to replace the departing Mel B for the 2015 edition.
Rita Ora has reportedly accepted ITV's offer to become a judge on 'The X Factor'
Continue reading: Rita Ora Moves From 'The Voice' To 'The X Factor'
The hashtag #ZaynIsComingBack had been trending, but a rumoured return for Malik would now seem to be put to rest.
Over the last week or so, rumours had been escalating that that 22 year old Malik, who quit the group citing exhaustion during their tour of the Far East back in March, was set to make a sensational U-turn and rejoin the boyband.
1D will be remaining as a foursome, despite some rumours that Zayn Malik would be returning
Simon Cowell says the controversy is a "cock up"
Ofcom has received over 1,150 complaints about the use of a "stunt dog" on ITV's Britain's Got Talent. The broadcasting regulator was inundated with reservations about the use of a stunt double that helped Jules O'Dwyer and 'Matisse' the pooch win the grand final.
Simon Cowell has called the controversy a "cock up"
The pair clinched the £250,000 prize and a place at the Royal Variety Performance when O'Dwyer used a second dog called Chase to perform a high rope walk, winning 4.5 million votes.
Continue reading: 'Britain's Got Talent' In The Doghouse over 'Matisse' Stunt
Is ‘The Voice’ coach Rita Ora the safest bet for the next ‘X-Factor’ judge?
With rumours rife that Rita Ora is about to jump ship from ‘The Voice’ to ‘The X-Factor’, the singer has been given a shining endorsement from one half of the show’s new hosting duo, Olly Murs. Murs will be hosting the talent show’s new season alongside presenter Caroline Flack, but before it gets underway there’s the little matter of who will be joining the judging panel to sort out.
Rita Ora is hotly tipped to become the next ‘X-Factor’ judge.
Ora has become the hot contender to replace Mel B on the panel even though she’ll be coming straight from rival talent show BBC One's ‘The Voice’. Speaking to The Mirror during Capital's Summertime Ball, Murs addressed the rumours that Rita was about to sign on for the new series saying, "I'll be honest. I think Rita would be a good one because she's done The Voice.”
Jules O'Dwyer and her dog Matisse won the Sunday night live final of 'Britain's Got Talent', but it has subsequently emerged that a 'stunt double' dog was used for part of her act.
Simon Cowell has given his reaction to the stunt double dog controversy that has engulfed ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, describing the whole incident as a “cock-up”. However, he also argued that angry viewers should not blame Jules O’Dwyer, the eventual winner of the programme who used the doggy double.
O’Dwyer and her dog Matisse won the £250,000 prize money in Sunday night’s live final, but it was subsequently revealed that she had used a look-alike dog to perform a high rope walk. 55 year old Cowell said that this news left him “really p***ed off, really annoyed” but insisted that while they should have made the use of a stunt double clearer, nobody on the show had intended to “cheat or deceive” viewers by doing so.
Lauren Silverman and Simon Cowell
Continue reading: Simon Cowell Reacts To 'Britain's Got Talent' "Stunt Dog" Outrage
Lauren Silverman and Simon Cowell - Red Carpet arrivals at the Together for Short Lives Midsummer Ball 2015 at Banqueting House, Whitehall, London at Banqueting House, Whitehall - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 3rd June 2015
Former judge Louis Walsh gave an interview with Daily Star Online, and dropped the strongest suggestion yet that the radio host would be on the next season.
It was Walsh himself who dropped the strongest indication yet that the Radio 1 DJ has signed up for the ITV singing show, saying that he had “got my job” in a statement to the Daily Star Online.
Nick Grimshaw is strongly rumoured to be Louis Walsh's 'X Factor' replacement
Continue reading: Nick Grimshaw All But Confirmed As 'X Factor' Judge Next Season
The Strictly Come Dancing champion will have to make a first episode appearance despite signing up to present The X Factor
Caroline Flack will be in demand on both the BBC and ITV later this year
However, after her stunning win in Strictly Come Dancing’s last season, the perfect ten scorer will have to appear on Cowell’s biggest Saturday night rival for the obligatory final dance during the first episode of the new Strictly series.
Continue reading: Caroline Flack To Appear On Both The X Factor And Strictly This Autumn
Given the chance the music mogul would love to produce the next election debates.
‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and ‘X-Factor’ judge Simon Cowell has revealed he love to bring a bit of his talent show smarts to spice up the next round of party leaders' election debates. The music mogul said that if given the chance to produce the tv debates, British viewers (and the party leaders) would be in for fire, trap doors and even a clapometer.
Cowell is currently judging ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and preparing for new series of ‘X-Factor’.
“I would love to do that. I’d do it in a heartbeat. 100% I’d have walk-ons, music, fire … and a trap door if people didn’t like what they said,” Cowell told the Radio Times. “And I’d definitely have a clapometer. I am deadly serious. Can we start a petition? I really would love a chance to do that.”