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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 Hints Niall Horan Will Be Signing A Solo Record Deal With Sony


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Niall Horan has been the quietest of the One Direction boys since the band announced its hiatus at the end of 2015, but a new interview with the band’s mentor Simon Cowell suggests that he might be preparing a solo career in the very near future.

People magazine spoke to the Syco music mogul on Wednesday (July 27th), and in it he praised the “loyalty” of the remaining 1D members by name – except Liam Payne, strangely – and intimated that it would soon be Horan’s turn to launch a solo career. Reports also indicate that it will be Sony (part of the same group as Syco) with whom the 22 year old singer will be inking a deal.

Niall HoranNiall Horan at the SoccerAid charity match in June 2016

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Niall Horan Signes Solo Record Deal With Sony


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Niall Horan has reportedly signed a new solo deal with Sony.

The 22-year-old singer songwriter - who made up one fifth of the popular boy band One Direction before they split in March this year - has allegedly landed a new contract with a large music company.

This news comes after Simon Cowell - who guided Niall and his former bandmates to fame after discovering them on the UK 'X Factor' - hinted the Irish star was sitting on some big news.

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Simon Cowell 'Forgets' About Liam Payne While Praising "Loyalty" Of One Direction Members


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They’ve only been on hiatus for a few months, but it appears Simon Cowell is already having trouble remembering the names of all the One Direction boys. Speaking at an ‘America's Got Talent’ press conference, Cowell failed to mention member Liam Payne while he was praising the loyalty of the boyband.

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When asked about the band Cowell said: "We're in touch with them. The great thing about all these boys - well not all of them but most of them - they are incredibly loyal and you don't always expect that. Niall, Harry, Louis - amazing.”

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'Poldark' And 'X Factor' Set For TV Clash In September


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The new series of period drama ‘Poldark’, starring Aidan Turner, will be returning to screens on September 4th. This means that Sunday night TV viewers are facing the difficult decision of wether to watch Turner’s shirtless scything on BBC One or Simon Cowell and his musical hopefuls on ITV's ‘X Factor’.

Aidan TurnerAidan Turner's ‘Poldark’ will be fighting the ‘X Factor’ for ratings in September.

According to The Mirror, ITV bosses are worried that viewers will chose ‘Poldark’ over the talent show. A source told the newspaper: “The Sunday night X Factor show could well come off worse. Poldark is hugely popular.”

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Will Cheryl Be Making An 'X Factor' Return To Assist Simon Cowell?


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Despite leaving the show earlier this year, Cheryl could be set to make a return to the ‘X Factor’ already, assisting Simon Cowell during the Judges Houses stage next month. ‘X Factor’ bosses are said to want to land Cheryl for a guest appearance on the show and they’d like boyfriend Liam Payne to join her.

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An insider told The Daily Star: “Both Cowell and ITV bosses are in agreement Cheryl would be the perfect person to help him pick his finalists. Everyone knows how well Cheryl and Simon work together on and off screen.”

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Dermot O'Leary "Signs £8 Million Deal For 'X Factor' Return"


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Dermot O’Leary’s return to the ‘X Factor’ has reportedly come with a huge price tag, which will make the 43-year-old the highest paid presenter on British television. The Sun reports that O’Leary’s new deal is worth £8 million and is a four year contract with the show.

Dermot O''LearyDermot O’Leary is now the highest paid presenter on British television.

O’Leary will also be allowed to make money elsewhere, including from his BBC presenting gigs and his Radio 2 show. Including his work outside the ‘X Factor’, O’Leary is looking to pocket at least £3 million a year.

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Simon Cowell Makes Awkward Lewis Hamilton Joke In Front Of Nicole Scherzinger


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Simon Cowell made things a little awkward during the filming of the bootcamp stage of this year’s ‘X Factor’ on Sunday (July 10). The music mogul decided to tease fellow judge Nicole Scherzinger about her ex-boyfriend Lewis Hamilton, but the former Pussycat Doll didn't see the funny side.

Simon Cowell and Nicole ScherzingerNicole Scherzinger was teased by Simon Cowell about Lewis Hamilton.

According to The Mirror, a contestant named Niall Sexton decided to perform Scherzinger’s 2014 hit ‘Run’ and afterwards Cowell decided to take a swipe at his fellow judge. “What’s the song called? Run. Why does it make me think of Lewis Hamilton? He’s fast. Let’s dedicate that to Lewis, shall we?” Cowell said.

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Gary Barlow Hasn't Spoken To Simon Cowell In Three Years


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Gary Barlow has said he hasn't spoken to his former boss Simon Cowell in the three years since he left 'The X Factor'. Barlow’s comments come after it was reported that Cowell is considering legal action against the Take That star, over the format of his new BBC talent show.

Gary BarlowGary Barlow says he hasn't spoken to Simon Cowell in three years.

Speaking to The Mirror, Barlow said: "I haven’t spoken to him since I left 'X Factor' three years ago. My show’s totally separate.” Barlow was a judge on 'The X Factor' from 2011 to 2013, replacing Cowell when he left the panel. Cowell would then return to replace Barlow in 2014.

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Is Simon Cowell Trying Make A Deal For The Spice Girls' Reunion, After Failing To Sign Them Over 20 Years Ago?


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Back in the mid-nineties pop mogul Simon Cowell made what he once called the ‘biggest mistake’ of his career, he didn't sign the Spice Girls. But according to reports, Cowell is now attempting to right the old wrong, by trying to sign the girls for their rumoured reunion tour.

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The Sun reports that Cowell made an offer to Mel B last week, when he invited her to be a guest judge on the ‘X Factor’. Mel B has always been vocal about wanting to commemorate the band’s 20th anniversary and is said to be one of the three who has said yes to a tour, along with Emma Bunton and Geri Horner.

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Simon Cowell - x factor Auditions held at the Excel Centre - Arrivals at x factor - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 19th June 2016

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Mel B Replacing Nicole Scherzinger On 'The X Factor' Auditions


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Mel B is to temporarily replace Nicole Scherzinger as a judge on ‘The X Factor’ after “other commitments” forced the former Pussycat Doll to cancel appearances at the show’s auditions this summer.

Scherzinger has cited a “diary clash” that had been set up before she agreed to return to the panel of ‘The X Factor’ last month, and therefore she won’t be present at the London auditions on Friday (June 17th). Instead, the former Spice Girl – also previously a judge on the 2014 series of the reality show – will be taking her place for the day.

Mel BMel B is to temporarily stand in for Nicole Scherzinger on 'The X Factor' auditions

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Simon Cowell - 'x factor' Manchester Auditons at Lancashire County Cricket Club at x factor - Manchester, United Kingdom - Monday 13th June 2016

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Nicole Scherzinger , Simon Cowell - Judges arrive at the Emirates Old Trafford, Lancashire County Cricket Club, Manchester - Manchester, United Kingdom - Monday 13th June 2016

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Simon Cowell - the first x factor auditions of 2016 on June 10, 2016 in Leicester United Kingdom at x factor - Leicester, United Kingdom - Friday 10th June 2016

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Simon Cowell - 'x factor' Launch at Leicester City FC King Power Stadium at x factor - Leicester, United Kingdom - Friday 10th June 2016

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Simon Cowell

Date of birth

7th October, 1959

Occupation

Businessman

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