My thoughts and prayers to all affected in my home town London. Stay strong.
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.
As 33 year old serial offender Darren February was sent down for eight years, Cowell's statements about the impact of the burglary on his family were read out in court.
A serial offender convicted of burgling Simon Cowell’s west London home has been handed down an eight year sentence, with the ‘X Factor’ supremo saying that the whole incident has left him and his family living in “constant fear”.
33 year old Darren February, who had 58 convictions for burglary, theft and assault to his name, was convicted on Monday of breaking into Cowell’s £10 million home in Holland Park, west London back in December 2015.
Cowell, his partner Lauren Silverman and their young son Eric were asleep upstairs at the time of the burglary, which was committed while the security guard at the property was in the toilet. February walked in through patio doors and took £950,000 worth of jewellery and possessions from an open safe.
Serial offender Darren February was found guilty of breaking into the 'X Factor' judge's west London home in December 2015.
A man has been convicted of burgling Simon Cowell’s west London home in Holland Park, making off with nearly £1 million of jewellery and possessions in the process.
33 year old Darren February, who has multiple previous convictions for burglary, had pleaded not guilty to entering Cowell’s property via a patio door, stealing approximately £950,000 of jewellery and two passports, but he was found guilty following a four-day trial that concluded on Monday (February 27th).
The burglary took place on December 4th 2015, and just ten days later, February hit and killed a 52 year old with his car. He was sentenced to eight and a half years for causing death by dangerous driving.
Continue reading: Man Found Guilty Of Burgling Simon Cowell's House
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
Sharon returned to the ITV talent show last year.
Sharon Osbourne has reportedly agreed to return to the 'X Factor’ judges' panel for another series later this year.
According to The Mirror, the 64-year-old has reportedly reached a verbal agreement with bosses that will see her keep her place on the the ITV talent show in a £2million deal.
Sharon Osbourne will reportedly be returning to The X Factor
Continue reading: Has Sharon Osbourne Signed A New 'X Factor' Deal?
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
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 ‘X Factor’ hopeful has found an ally in rapper 50 Cent.
Rapper 50 Cent has defended ‘X Factor’ contestant Honey G, whose act has been branded ‘racist’ by some viewers.
The 35-year-old, whose real name is Anna Georgette Gilford, has become this year’s most controversial contestant, thanks to her take on a number of rap tracks.
But 50 has hit back at accusations that Honey G is ‘appropriating black culture’ or making a mockery of rap and hip hop, by saying that anyone who thinks the act is racist doesn't ‘know what racism really is’.
In the wake of the robbery on Kim Kardashian, Cowell revealed that he had taken extra precautions with security around 'The X Factor's live shows this weekend.
After weeks of auditions and Judges’ Houses, the live shows begin on Saturday night (October 8th), but the show’s head honcho admitted that recent events in the Kardashian world, coupled with fellow judge Nicole Scherzinger’s revelation that she had recently been harassed by a stalker, had led him to step up security around the show’s contestants and crew.
Simon Cowell and Nicole Scherzinger both spoke about security fears after Kim Kardashian's robbery
Cowell appeared to suffer an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction during Judges' Houses, but he clarified that it was only his big toe...
Turns out, the audience was actually looking at “very large toe”, according to the music mogul, and not his (ahem) little Simon.
#ToeGate happened on Saturday night’s episode (October 1st) during the Judges’ Houses round, as he lounged in a rather awkward position on a sofa between Spice Girls Mel B and Emma Bunton with his left foot bent so that his bare foot was up against his right thigh.
Continue reading: Simon Cowell Reassures He Didn't Flash The Camera On 'The X Factor'
Date of birth
7th October, 1959
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.
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
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