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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.



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Simon Cowell Feared He Had Broken His Neck After Falling Down Stairs


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‘The X Factor’ head honcho Simon Cowell has spoken about the accident that kept him from attending the first live show of the series last week, revealing that he had initially feared that he had broken his neck.

The 58 year old fell down the stairs at his London home back on October 27th, and was taken to hospital as a precaution before returning home some hours later. However, at first, Cowell was genuinely concerned that he had suffered a serious and potentially life-changing injury, caused by what doctors thought was him “fainting” due to “low blood pressure”.

“I was lying on my back thinking, ‘I hope I haven’t broken my neck’,” he told The Sun newspaper on Tuesday night (November 7th). “But the NHS staff were the most amazing people I’ve ever met, genuinely. Fortunately it was all fine.”

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Harry Styles To Perform On X Factor - Quashing Rumours Of A Feud With Simon Cowell


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Harry Styles is returning to where it all started: The X Factor. The young singer began his rise to international stardom on the show in 2010 as one fifth of popular boyband, One Direction, and is now going to return to the infamous stage next Sunday - quelling rumours of a rift between him and head judge, Simon Cowell, in the process.

Harry StylesHarry Styles is returning to the X Factor stage

The now solo singer will return to the show on the back of fellow former bandmate, Liam Payne’s footsteps and perform his new stuff on the ITV show.

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Nicole Scherzinger Says Its "Likely" She'll Return To The X Factor


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The X Factor has only been back on our screens for a few months but already one of its judges is looking towards the line-up next year. Nicole Scherzinger has revealed she has already been asked back to the show, despite heavy suggestions by head judge Simon Cowell he would like Cheryl to return.

Nicole ScherzingerNicole Scherzinger is currently a mentor for the over 25s on The X Factor

The former Pussycat Doll singer, 39, has yet to confirm whether she will return but said it is "most likely".

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Simon Cowell Rushed To Hospital After Fall At Home


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X Factor mogul Simon Cowell has reportedly been rushed to hospital after an accident at his London home. The ITV1 show maker was stretchered out of his capital city mansion at 8am on Friday (27 Oct) in a neck brace after an ambulance was called.

Simon CowellSimon Cowell has reportedly been rushed to hospital

The Sun has reported the 58-year-old is believed to have fainted and fallen down the stairs after getting a cup of hot milk.

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Simon Cowell Reveals He Sometimes Talks To His Dead Parents


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Simon Cowell has revealed that he sometimes talks to his dead parents and asks them for advice if he’s struggling to make a “difficult decision”.

‘The X Factor’ head honcho’s father Eric passed away in 1999, and his mother Julie died in 2015. However, Cowell revealed that he will often “have a mental conversation” with them if he’s facing a major decision and can’t make up his mind.

“I still talk to my mum and my dad in my mind now if I am having a difficult decision or I am struggling with something,” The Daily Star quotes him as saying on Friday (October 13th). “I have a mental conversation with the both of them and I absolutely know what the answer is - it is the weirdest thing.”

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Olly Murs Confirms He Is Joining 'The Voice UK' Judging Panel


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Just over a year after he quit ‘The X Factor’, Olly Murs has committed the egregious pop star sin of betrayal of Simon Cowell, announcing that he’s set to become a judge on the next series of ‘The Voice UK’.

Murs will be taking up the spinning chair previously occupied by the departing Gavin Rossdale, and will appear when the show returns on ITV for its seventh series in early 2018. He’ll be alongside Sir Tom Jones, Jennifer Hudson and the ever-present will.i.am on the judging panel, while Emma Willis will return as the host.

“I’m absolutely buzzing about being a coach on ‘The Voice UK’ and can’t wait to sit in the big red chair alongside will, Jennifer and Tom,” 33 year old Murs said in a statement on Wednesday (October 11th) announcing his participation on the singing contest.

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Has Nicole Scherzinger Been Lying About Her Age?


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It’s that time of year again - summer is almost over and TV is letting everyone know the year is in slow decline to Christmas. Never is this more apparent than with BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing and ITV’s The X Factor and it seems the singing show judges are ready to provide viewers with their bits of annual juicy gossip.

Nicole ScherzingerHas Nicole Scherzinger been lying about her age?

This time it’s the turn of cheeky Irish judge Louis Walsh and he’s ready to spill the beans on former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger and her age.

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Mel B Storms Off 'America's Got Talent' After Simon Cowell Joke About Marriage


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Mel B sensationally threw a glass of water over Simon Cowell and stormed off the set of ‘America’s Got Talent’ this week, after the music mogul cracked a joke about the former Spice Girl’s troubled marriage.

Cowell looked on from the judging panel with Mel as the magician contestant Demian Aditya’s attempted trick went awry on Tuesday night (August 22nd) when his ‘dangerous’ attempt to escape from a locked suspended box ended with nothing happening. When it came to the remarks afterwards, he couldn’t resist a dig at his colleague’s expense.

“I kind of imagined this would be like Mel B's wedding night,” Cowell cracked. “A lot of anticipation, not much promise or delivery.”

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Simon Cowell Is Standing By Ant McPartlin As He Goes Through Rehab


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Simon Cowell has declared that he will stand by ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ host Ant Mcpartlin as he goes through rehab.

McPartlin, 41, announced back in June that he was entering rehabilitation for drug and alcohol issues. He had admitted to his wife Lisa, and his best mate and professional partner Declan Donnelly, that he had been suffering a painful knee injury and from fertility issues.

Now, 57 year old Cowell, Ant’s television boss and whom he has known for years, has spoken out in his defence and praised his courage in going public with his issues.

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Snoop Dogg Bootlegs Jay-Z Album


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Snoop Dogg bootlegged Jay-Z's new album.

The 'Drop It While It's Hot' hitmaker is very impressed with '4:44' but admitted that, because he doesn't use Tidal - Jay's own streaming service, which exclusively released the record - he had to rely on someone sending him an illegal copy of the LP as he couldn't access it on iTunes.

He shared on social media: ''I wanna shoot a shout out to Jay-Z, just dropped another motherf***in' hot album, '4:44'.

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Mel B at the kickoff for NBC's "America's Got Talent" Season 12 held at Pasadena Civic Auditorium - Pasadena, California, United States - Tuesday 28th March 2017

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Mel B and Melanie Janine Brown
Mel B and Melanie Janine Brown
Mel B and Melanie Janine Brown
Mel B and Melanie Janine Brown

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

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David Walliams, Simon Cowell and Alesha Dixon
David Walliams, Simon Cowell and Alesha Dixon
David Walliams, Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden
David Walliams, Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden
David Walliams, Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden, Ant Mcpartlin, Declan Donnelly, Ant and Dec

Lauren Silverman and Simon Cowell at the 2016 The Pride of Britain Awards held at The Grosvenor Hotel, London, United Kingdom - Monday 31st October 2016

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Lauren Silverman and Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell at the 2016 The Pride of Britain Awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel, London, United Kingdom - Monday 31st October 2016

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Simon Cowell seen posing alone and with Terri Seymour at NBC's 'America's Got Talent' season 11 live show held at Dolby Theatre, California, United States - Tuesday 2nd August 2016

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Simon Cowell

Date of birth

7th October, 1959

Occupation

Businessman

Sex

Male

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