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Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell


Famous as :

Television producer, music executive

Birth Name :

Simon Philip Cowell

Birth Date :

October 07, 1959

Birth Place :

Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK

Claim to fame :

American Idol judge


Known for his scathing critical remarks as a judge on "American Idol", Simon Cowell began building his way into fame working at his father's company as a mailroom clerk at EMI Music Publishing while he was teen. In 1979, he earned a position as an assistant to an A&R executive and was subsequently promoted to become a talent scout. He, however, left the company in the early 1980s to form E&S Music with his boss at EMI, Ellis Rich. He resigned and teamed up with a friend to establish the independent label Fanfare Records in 1985, which unfortunately only lasted until 1989. Later that same year, he worked as a consultant at BMG Records.

In 2001, Cowell teamed up with Simon Fuller to produce Britain's popular singing show "Pop Idol", the success of which preceded the debut of its US version, entitled "American Idol", the following year. He served as one of the judges in both shows, with the latest successfully produced music stars, like Kelly Clarkson (2002), % cJennifer (2004), Carrie Underwood (2005), and Jordin Sparks (2007). Cowell's career experienced rapid advance with several other shows he created, including "America's Got Talent" and "The X-Factor", through his own record label SYCOtv. Leona Lewis, Il Divo, and One Direction were some music stars who kicked off their singing career through "The X-Factor". Brought to US television, "The X-Factor" was a hit too.

Latest News

Simon Cowell Shares Cutest Tweet Pic With Baby Eric

May 24, 2015 12:36:27 GMT

took to his Twitter over the weekend to share what could have been the cutest snap ever of him and baby boy Eric. In the tweet pic, the father-and-son duo was seen sharing a tender moment as they looked at each other in matching black-and-white outfits.

Simon Cowell Recalls 'Great Times' on 'American Idol' in Light of Show's Cancellation

May 12, 2015 07:09:46 GMT

Following news that "" will return for its 15th and last season in 2016, released a statement recalling "great times" on the show. "We had a blast!" he said, "Me, Paula [Abdul], Randy [Jackson], Ryan [Seacret]-and not forgetting Brian [Dunkleman]. Thanks to the fans we were able to make some great shows and found some amazing artists. Fox took a risk on a brand new show and I want to thank them for giving us the opportunity. They really were great times."

Yahoo Teams Up With Simon Cowell for New Music Competition Series

April 28, 2015 08:50:05 GMT

Yahoo is teaming up with to launch a new music competition series. The tech giant announced a slew of original programmings at its NewFronts presentation Monday, April 27, including live electronic-music competition series "Ultimate DJ" from Cowell's banner Syco Entertainment.

Simon Cowell Cuddles With Son Eric on Latest Tweet Pic

April 27, 2015 08:14:18 GMT

Music mogul wants the world to know that in addition to being handy at business, he is a good father. He shared a tweet pic over the weekend that captured him cuddling with baby son Eric on bed.

Simon Cowell 'About to Jump Off a Cliff' After Learning of Zayn Malik's Exit From 1D

April 17, 2015 09:27:53 GMT

spoke out again about 's departure from during a visit to "". The music mogul stopped by the show on Thursday night, April 16 and admitted in an interview with host that he was shocked by the 22-year-old singer's decision to leave the band.

Simon Cowell: Zayn Malik Needs to 'Get His Head Together' Following 1D Exit

April 10, 2015 07:40:40 GMT

has spoken out candidly for the first time since departed last month. In an interview with U.K.'s Sugarscape, the music mogul shared his opinion on the 22-year-old hearttrob's decision which left millions of Directioners heartbroken.

Simon Cowell Thinks Canceled 'X Factor (US)' May Return

October 14, 2014 07:40:01 GMT

hasn't given up on "" which was canceled earlier this year after three seasons. In an interview with FT Weekend, the music mogul talked about his and FOX's decision to end the show and said he believed the singing competition still could return stateside.

Simon Cowell Congratulates Ex Terri Seymour on Her Pregnancy With Clark Mallon

September 23, 2014 07:53:40 GMT

congratulates his ex-girlfriend, Terri Seymour, who is currently expecting her first baby with her boyfriend of three years, Clark Mallon. The judge of U.K.'s "" tweeted on Monday, September 22, "Congratulations @TerriSeymour and Clark. Me and Lauren are very excited for you both. If it's a boy you can call him simon."

Simon Cowell Resurrects Betty Boop for Feature Film

August 15, 2014 06:27:43 GMT

is making a new movie. The British music mogul collaborates with Fleischer Studios, which owns the iconic cartoon character, and Australian digital production house Animal Logic ("", "").

Simon Cowell Rejects 'Gay' Claims as Tulisa's Trial Collapses

July 22, 2014 04:21:29 GMT

finally made a response to previous claims, which said that he was a gay. Simon's representative issued a statement after 's drug trial concluded on July 21.

Tulisa's Drunk Manager Says Simon Cowell Is Gay

July 18, 2014 07:31:31 GMT

's drunk manager, Gareth Varey, claimed that was a gay in a video played during Tulisa's drug trial on July 16. Gareth added that he would make a move on Simon one day.

Cheryl Cole Officially Returns to 'The X Factor' U.K.

March 11, 2014 15:00:49 GMT

personally announced that she officially returned to "" U.K. The 30-year-old singer posted a playful photo of her straggling the show's producer on the neck and captioned, "GUESS WHAT!! ... I'm baaaacccckkkkk!!!! iMayActuallyRingHisNexk #XFactor2014 #leggooo."

Simon Cowell Gushes Over Son Eric in First Interview Since Baby's Arrival

March 06, 2014 04:37:53 GMT

opens up about his days following the arrival of his son with girlfriend Lauren Silverman in his first post-baby interview. Cowell, who welcomed Eric in February, at first described moments when his girlfriend called to tell him that she was going into labor.

Simon Cowell Shares New Photo of Son Eric and His 'New Friends'

February 18, 2014 07:30:48 GMT

apparently is excited about being a new father. After his son Eric arrived on Valentine's Day, the former judge of "" introduced his son with Lauren Silverman in some black-and-white photos. Cowell now has added another photo of his bundle of joy in his Twitter feeds.

Simon Cowell Shares Newborn Son's First Pictures

February 17, 2014 00:34:44 GMT

showed off his two-day-old baby boy in a series of artistic photos. In one pic, the music mogul cradled the new born while girlfriend Lauren Silverman touched the baby's head and smiled happily. "Mum, Dad and Eric. Now two days old," he captioned.

Simon Cowell Reveals Newborn Son's Name

February 15, 2014 02:56:00 GMT

has posted his first tweets after welcoming his son with Lauren Silverman. The first-time father took to the social networking site to gush over the arrival of the baby boy, revealing his name and thanking his followers for their best wishes.

Simon Cowell Welcomes Son on Valentine's Day

February 15, 2014 00:26:16 GMT

is officially a first-time dad. The "" judge's girlfriend Lauren Silverman gave birth to a baby boy on Valentine's day at 5:45 P.M.

'The X Factor (US)' Gets Canceled, Simon Cowell Rejoins the U.K. Version

February 08, 2014 02:28:58 GMT

FOX is pulling the plug on "" after three seasons. The network announced the cancellation on Friday, February 7 as judge and creator decided to return to the U.K. version of the singing competition.

Top 10 Most Shocking Celebrity Stories of 2013

December 31, 2013 08:57:02 GMT

Showbiz is never in a shortage of juicy stories and 2013 is no exception. As we closed out another year and begin a new one, AceShowbiz takes a look back at some of the most important events in the past twelve months in its annual "Top 10 Most Shocking Celebrity Stories" article.

Simon Cowell Confirms Demi Lovato's Exit From 'The X Factor (US)'

December 19, 2013 07:07:46 GMT

is indeed leaving "". After reports emerged that the "Skyscraper" songstress would not return to the show as a judge for the fourth season, confirmed the news.

Simon Cowell Wants Miley Cyrus to Be 'X Factor (US)' Judge

December 18, 2013 09:10:20 GMT

wants for "". The British music mogul reveals to Mashable that the twerking queen is in his dream team of judges for the singing competition series, saying, "I recently met Miley Cyrus, and I really liked her. She has an opinion for sure."

Simon Cowell's Girlfriend Celebrates Baby Shower

December 09, 2013 07:27:54 GMT

's baby mama Lauren Silverman has held a baby shower to welcome the couple's bundle of joy. The bash was held at the former "" judge's house in Beverly Hills on Sunday afternoon, December 8.

Simon Cowell's Girlfriend Finalizes Divorce

December 05, 2013 03:40:34 GMT

's baby mama Lauren Silverman has finalized her divorce proceedings with Andrew Silverman. E! News reports that the former couple finalized the process in a New York Civil Court on Wednesday, December 4.

Simon Cowell Raises $1 Million for Charity by Singing 'Power Rangers' Theme Song

October 24, 2013 07:18:48 GMT

raised $1 million for Friends of the Israel Defense Forces by singing "Power Rangers" theme song. The music mogul was attending a fund-raising event in Beverly Hills on October 22 when the children show's creator Haim Saban told him to sing "Power Rangers" theme song in exchange for $1 million donation.

Simon Cowell Gives Homeless Man $100 at Traffic Lights

September 30, 2013 07:38:07 GMT

was photographed giving a homeless man $100 on Sunday, September 29. Simon, who was driving with his girlfriend Lauren Silverman in passenger seat, did the good deed as they stopped at a red light in Los Angeles, according to Daily Mail.

'The X Factor (US)' Judges Take on Rejected Contestants' Original Song

September 26, 2013 09:15:12 GMT

Second Hand High may have their dream to win a recording contract crushed when they got rejected during "" audition, but they still have something to be proud of. Following the Wednesday, September 25 episode which featured the -like rap duo, the show's judges debuted a music video for their own version of the rejected contestants' original song "You Better Ask Me to Dance".

Simon Cowell Says He Won't Witness Baby's Birth

September 25, 2013 06:27:59 GMT

plans not to enter delivery room when his girlfriend Lauren Silverman gives birth to their first child. The judge of "" revealed the plan in an interview with on Tuesday, September 24.

Lauren Silverman's Mother 'Excited' to Welcome Grandson

September 13, 2013 02:14:31 GMT

The mother of 's girlfriend Lauren Silverman has opened up about her excitement to welcome the couple's first child. Speaking to E! News, Lauren's mother Carole Salande said that her daughter was expecting a baby boy and Carole was "very happy" about the idea of having another grandson.

Simon Cowell Says He'll Leave His Fortune to Charity

September 06, 2013 07:11:21 GMT

is planning to leave his fortune to charity. The music mogul, who is expecting his first child with girlfriend Lauren Silverman, opens up about the plan in an interview with Esquire magazine.

Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman Reportedly Expecting Baby Boy

September 04, 2013 04:58:10 GMT

and his baby mama Lauren Silverman are having a baby boy, according to an unnamed source. The couple's bundle of joy is expected to arrive in February.

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