Simon Cowell Biography
Simon Cowell (Simon Phillip Cowell) is an English reality television judge and producer as a well as an entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is popularly known for judging on the British TV talent competition shows like Britain’s Got Talent, Pop Idol and The X Factor as well as the American TV talent competitions: American Idol, America’s Got Talent and The X Factor.
Cowell is the principal founder and CEO of Syco, a British entertainment company. He is also in the music industry as a producer, and has also promoted singles and albums for several singers under his wing. He is also famous signing successful boybands such as Westlife, One Direction and CNCO.
Simon Cowell Education
Simon Cowell attended Radlett Preparatory School and the independent Dover College,but left after taking GCE O levels. He passed English Language and Literature, and then attended Windsor Technical College, where he gained another GCE in Sociology.
Simon Cowell Age
Cowell was born on 7th October 1959 in Lambeth, London, United Kingdom. He is 58 years old as of 2017.
Simon Cowell Family
Cowell was born in Lambeth but he grew up in Elstree, Hertfordshire. His mother is Julie Brett (née Josie Dalglish; 1925–2015 and his father, Eric Selig Phillip Cowell (1918–1999). His mother was a ballet dancer and socialite while his father was an estate agent, property developer, and music industry executive.
Simon Cowell Siblings | Simon Cowell Brother
His has one younger brother, Nicholas Cowell, a half-sister, June Cowell and three half-brothers, John, Tony, and Michael Cowell.
Simon Cowell Career
Cowell’s first job was in a mail room at EMI Music Publishing where his father was an executive. His dad got him the job but after failing to get a promotion, he left to try out other jobs. After leaving EMI, he formed E&S Music with his former boss at EMI, but quit in 1983. He then formed Fanfare Records with Iain Burton, initially selling exercise videos, and music from acts such as the Italian orchestra Rondò Veneziano.
In 1986, he had his first hit song with “So Macho” by Sinitta. In 1989, the company went under and he nearly became bankrupt. He then got a job with BMG as an A&R consultant, and set up S Records under BMG.
He restarted his career in the music business by creating novelty records with acts such as the puppets Zig and Zag, Power Rangers, and World Wrestling Federation. He signed two actors: Robson Green and Jerome Flynn in 1995 and they recorded the song “Unchained Melody”, which they had performed on the show ‘Soldier Soldier’.
The song reached number 1 in the UK chart and stayed at the top for seven weeks. It became the best selling single of 1995, and their self-titled album released later in the year also became the best-selling album of 1995.
Simon Cowell Son
Simon Cowell’s son is Eric Cowell who was born on 14th February 2014.
Simon Cowell Wife | Girlfriend
Cowell’s wife is Lauren Silverman an American woman whom he allegedly began dating in 2013. At the time, Lauren was married to Andrew Silverman who filed for an at-fault divorce, citing adultery by his wife and naming Cowell as a co-respondent in July 2013. The divorce became publicly known two weeks later as it was reported that Silverman and Cowell were expecting a baby together. In August 2013, the Silvermans settled their divorce out of court. He subsequently confirmed that Silverman was pregnant with his child, and she gave birth to their son, Eric, on 14 February 2014.
From 2010 to 2011, the English personality was engaged to make-up artist Mezhgan Hussainy.
Simon Cowell Wife Age
Lauren Silverman was born on 26 July 1977 in Florida, United States. She is 41 years old as of 2018.
Simon Cowell Idol Franchise and II Divo
In 2001, Simon was given the role of judge on the first series of Pop Idol. Cowell’s S Records signed the top two finishers of the first season of Pop Idol, Will Young and Gareth Gates, both of whom went on to have No 1 UK hits, which were the top 2 best-selling singles of 2002, as well as that of top 2 of the decade of 2000s.
In 2002, he became a judge on the first season of American Idol and also appeared on the one-off World Idol programme in 2003.
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Cowell then formed a company by the name ‘Syco’, which is divided into three units – Syco Music, Syco TV and Syco Film. His return to music was with the internationally successful operatic pop group II Divo, signed to his company. The group consisted of three opera singers and one pop singer of four different nationalities. Inspired by the success of II Divo, Simon created a child version, Angelis, beating competition from similar groups emerging at Christmas 2006.
Together with Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh in 2004, Cowell became a judge on the first series of the British television music competition The X Factor, which he created using his production company, Syco TV. The show was an instant success with the viewers and it enjoyed its tenth series in 2013.
Leona Lewis, the winner of the third series of The X Factor, was signed to Cowell’s label Syco and has had number one singles and album sales around the world. Cowell returned for a fourth series on 18 August 2007 alongside Osbourne, Walsh and new judge, Dannii Minogue.
He exited from the American Idol show and his exit was made official on 11th January 2010. The 2010 season was Cowell’s last on the show. He was replaced by Steven Tyler. It was also announced that FOX had acquired the rights to The X Factor USA, an American version of Cowell’s British show, The X Factor, which began in
Simon Cowell Got Talent
Following the success of the Idol and X Factor franchises, Cowell, his company Syco, and its business partners developed a talent show format open to performers of any kind, not only singers, but also dancers, instrumentalists, magicians, comedians, novelty acts, and so on. The show which debuted in June 2006, has Simon Cowell as the executive producer alongside Fremantle producers of the Idol series. He did no appear on the show for some time due to the terms of his contract with Fox.
Britain’s Got Talent debuted on ITV in June 2007 with Cowell appearing as a judge alongside Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan. The show was a ratings success and second and third seasons followed in 2008 and 2009 respectively. The third series featured a publicity coup when Susan Boyle made a global media impact comparable to that of any previous talent show series winner with her regional audition performance.
In 2015, he launched La Banda, his first US show since his stint with X Factor USA. The show, designed to find male singers to form the “ultimate Latino Boy Band,” launched on Univision in the US on 13 September 2015. Cowell was announced as the replacement for Howard Stern on America’s Got Talent on 22 October 2015.
Simon Cowell Philanthropy
Cowell is a patron of ‘Together for Short Lives’, the leading UK charity for all children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions. He was patron of Children’s Hospices UK between 2009 and 2011 before it merged to become Together for Short Lives. He also supports animal rights and has appeared in a video for PETA in which he reminds drivers of the cruelty to animals that can occur when their pets are locked in cars in the summer. He donated money to Manchester Dogs’ Home in England after it was hit by a large fire.
Simon Cowell Singing
Simon Cowell Honours
- In 2004 and 2010 he was named by ‘Time’ as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
- In 2008 he was ranked 6th on the list of the “100 most powerful people in British culture” by ‘Telegraph’.
- In 2012, Cowell featured in the BBC Radio 4 series The New Elizabethans to mark the diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. A panel of seven academics, journalists and historians named Cowell among the group of people in the UK “whose actions during the reign of Elizabeth II have had a significant impact on lives in these islands and given the age its character”.
Simon Cowell House
His address in LA is, as you would expect, in the 90210 zip code of Beverly Hills. Cowell originally bought the property for his LA residence in 2004 with a house on it that was promptly removed to make way for his 9,335 sq. ft. mansion.
Simon Cowell Songs
Simon Cowell has been in the pop music business in the United Kingdom since the 1970s, and is credited with “discovering” such pop stars as the boy band Westlife and the pop duo Robson and Jerome.
Simon Cowell TV Shows
- Since 2004: The X Factor (UK) Interactive
- Since 2007: Britain’s Got Talent
- Since 2006: America’s Got Talent
- 2002 – 2016: American Idol
- Since 2006: Got Talent
- 2011 – 2013: The X Factor (U.S.)
- 2001 – 2003: Pop Idol
- 2007 – 2016: Australia’s Got Talent
- 2005 – 2016: The X Factor (Australia)
- 2003 – 2004: World Idol
- Since 2015: La Banda
- Since 2009: India’s Got Talent
- 2011 – 2012: Red or Black?
- 2007: Grease Is the Word
- Since 2008; Mam talent!
- Since 2015: Asia’s Got Talent
- Since 2007: Talent Suomi
- Since 2006: American Idol Rewind
- Since 2009: SA’s Got Talent
- Since 2010: Pilipinas Got Talent
- Since 2009: Italia’s Got Talent
- 2013 – 2015: The X Factor
- Since 2008: Holland’s Got Talent
- Since 2009: I Dreamed a Dream: The Susan Boyle Story
- 2010 – 2014: China’s Got Talent
- Since 2006: La France a un incroyable talent
- Since 2007: Das Supertalent
- Since 2011: Thailand’s Got Talent
- Since 2011: Arabs Got Talent
- 2010 – 2014: Indonesia’s Got Talent
- 2005 – 2009: El Factor X
- Since 2011: X Factor India
- Since 2007: Talang Sverige
- Since 2010: Georgia’s Got Talent!
- 2012: Canada’s Got Talent
- 2008 – 2013: New Zealand’s Got Talent
- Since 2008: Talento Argentino
- Since 2011: Faktor A
- Since 2010: Bulgaria’s Got Talent
- 2005 – 2007: Sekret Uspekha
- Since 2017: Ellada Eheis Talento
- Since 2011: Portugal Tem Talento
- 2010: Albanians Got Talent
- 2007: Aqui há talento
- Since 2010: Eesti talent
- Since 2008: Talent 2008
- 2009 – 2011: The All Ireland Talent Show
- Since 2003: Cupid (2003)
- 2007 – 2009: Celebrity Duets: Philippine Edition
- Since 2003: The Importance of Being Famous
- Since 2008: Bijna Beroemd
Simon Cowell Net worth
As at 2015, his net worth was estimated to be £325 million with an annual income of $95 million.
Simon Cowell Girlfriend | Simon Cowell Relationships
Paula Hamilton – Paula Hamilton revealed in an interview that she was dating Simon Cowell in the 70’s. Simon was Paula’s first love and they had known each other from the age of 12. However, their relationship quickly went downhill from then onward.
Jackie St Clair – Simon went out with former Miss Nude UK in the early 1980s. She was seen on many events with Simon and even accompanied him for holidays. She along with Sinitta were rumored to be a part of Cowell’s personal harem.
Sinitta (1984) – Simon had a highly publicized affair with Sinitta in 1984. She left him within a year by dumping him for David Essex. However, they have remained close over the years and he has even invited her for several of his gigs on his talent shows.
Louise Payne (1995-1998) – Simon was reported to have had an ON and OFF relationship with Page 3 celebrity Louise Payne for three years. They had met at the swanky London nightclub and Simon fell for her at the very first moment. Their relationship ended because Louise wanted to have kids.
Alicia Douvall (2001) – Simon met Alicia Douvall at a hotel bar in 2001 and dated her for around six months. As per her interview, they were having all night romps after their third date.
Georgina Law (2002) – Simon had a six-month long affair with lap dancer Georgina Law in 2002 after having met at the Spearmint Rhino Club where she used to work. It wasn’t a boyfriend and girlfriend thing and according to Simon, she was quite skilled in that area.
Terri Seymour (2001-2006) – Simon’s relationship with TV Presenter Terri Seymour was his first long relationship. They dated each other for around 6 years before she dumped him in 2006. However, they have remained on friendly terms post breakup.
Jasmine Lennard (2006) – In 2006, reality TV contestant Jasmine Lennard and Simon dated each other for 6 months. He was still romancing Terri Seymour at that time. Hence, this relationship was kept secret.
Dannii Minogue (2007) – Simon shacked up with Australian singer Dannii Minogue when she was working as a judge in X Factor show. He was apparently smitten by her dressing style and her assets.
Mezhgan Hussainy (2010-2011) – After dating for several months, Simon proposed to the makeup artist Hussainy in 2010. However, things turned sour after that. The only news to emerge later on about them was that Simon had bought a $5 million house for her.
Carmen Electra (2012-2013) – From December 2012 to February 2013, Simon dated glamour model, actress and TV personality Carmen Electra.
Simon Cowell Quotes
Here are some of his quotes;
- I only play to win.
- It’s not our intention to be mean. That’s just within us.
- I have an absolute hatred of losing. Even losing at Monopoly as a kid. I just want to beat the competition.
- I will never borrow money again.
- I read The Sun to see what people want.
- Cruelty is good television.
- We’ll speak about general matters for the first five minutes and the rest of the time we’ll speak about me.
- If it could pour on me every day like a shower, I would lie in it for an hour. I just love it.
- Marriage is an outdated contract.
- Work is my mistress.
- Embrace the madness.
- Talking to celebrities is too much effort. They all think the same.
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X Factor 2018: Simon Cowell makes MAJOR change in huge show shake-up
Published: September 15, 2018
X FACTOR 2018 has already undergone a number of changes this year with a new judging panel and room auditions being dropped. However, another major change has been revealed to shake-up the show’s format.
X Factor gets underway with its third round of auditions with Simon Cowell, 58, joined by fellow judges Robbie Williams, 44, Ayda Field, 39, and Louis Tomlinson, 26.
The show has dropped the original room auditions this year and replaced them solely with the arena stage, which has become a part of the show’s format over the past few years.
However, the hit ITV show is set to make another major change as contestants fight to impress the judges with their vocals.
It has been reported the Boot Camp stage of the competition has been axed, which will mean hopefuls have limited chances to win over the judges.
In a bid to shake-up the show’s format, Boot Camp is set to be replaced by the judges simply cutting down the numbers by sitting down and re-watching the auditions.
Speaking to Digital Spy about the change, a source said: “Every year producers look at refreshing the show and this was one of a number of changes brought in for this series.”
With Boot Camp seemingly out the picture, contestants who get the green light to proceed in the competition will go through to the Six Chair Challenge.
Judges will be notified of which category they will be mentoring before the stage begins and then they will have to dwindle the number of contestants in each one to just six.
However, the Six Chair Challenge is set to have a shake-up of its own with the introduction of a Golden X.
Much like Britain’s Got Talent, the Golden X will give judges the chance to send one stand out contestant straight through to judges houses and they can not be replaced once they have a chair.
However, the remaining hopefuls will have to fight for the other five chairs as they risk being swapped out if another contestant is deemed to be better.