He’s probably the most powerful music man in the UK – but what do we really know about Simon Cowell?
So we decided to find out 10 things that you probably didn’t know about Simon Cowell.
How old is Simon Cowell?
Simon Cowell is the second youngest judge on the X Factor Panel, after Nicole. Of course, Louis is the oldest whilst Sharon comes in a close second. Simon Cowell was born in October 1958 which makes him 57/58 in 2017.
Is he gay?
Simon Cowell has denied that he is gay, although there are definitely rumours circling around about the judge’s personal life. These rumours came to a head in 2014 when pop singer Tulisa’s manager, seemingly outed him during a court hearing. Jurors during the trial heard Tulisa’s manager, Gareth Varey, telling ‘Fake Sheik’ Mazher Mahmood that Simon Cowell was gay in a secret recording. Simon’s representation strenuously denied the declaration. Mr Varey later apologised saying he was “drunk” when it said it.
Simon is partnered with Lauren Silverman and together they have one child, Eric who was born in 2014.
Who is Simon Cowell’s most successful act?
Simon Cowell has signed countless of deals, mainly with the acts he finds on the X Factor and his Got Talent franchise, the most successful of which is One Direction, the chart topping world-favourite boy band from X Factor and Susan Boyle from Britain’s Got Talent.
His first major UK success, however, was the duo, Robson and Jerome, from the hit TV series Soldier Soldier. Together they recorded a version of “Unchained Melody” which became an instant chart success. It was number one for seven weeks. According to legend, the group made Simon his first million.
Which is the act Simon Cowell regrets the most?
We can only imagine that Honey G is Simon’s regret – having signed her post the 2016 series of X Factor for one single, she managed to scrape in the low 100s in the chart, making her the worst performing major label signed artist. He also signed Zig and Zag (from Big Breakfast) back in the day – but he’s probably not so embarrassed by them because they were one of his biggest early successes.
He also signed the Teletubbies and Power Rangers – but hey if they’re paying your bills – there’s nothing to be embarrassed about.
Has Simon Cowell had plastic surgery?
Simon has admitted in the past to using Botox… That thick lush of hair on his head though is completely natural…
How many times has Simon Cowell been a judge on the X Factor?
Simon has judged X Factor 11 times – he was part of the original judge line up in 2004 and stays part of it until 2010 when he took a break. He came back in 2014.
Has Simon Cowell got any special talents?
A little-known fact about Simon is that he’s also credited for being a songwriter… Although we’re not sure exactly how much he takes part in the process. One of his most successful co-writes is “Footprints In The Sand” by Leona Lewis, which reached number 2 on the UK singles Chart.
Which act managed by Simon was the least successful?
There have been so many hits and misses signed to Simon’s Sony backed label, Syco. A few of the misses include Ronan Parkes, Loveable Rogues, Same Difference, Reggie and Bollie and Honey G.
What was Simon’s first job?
Simon Cowell’s first job was working as a runner on Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining – but apparently, he did not last long in the position. Cowell got his start in the music business, when his father, Eric, then an exec at EMI publishing, got him a job in the mailroom. The rest, as they say, is history.
Who is Simon Cowell a fan of?
According to legend, Simon Cowell thinks that Christina Aguilera’s power ballad, “Beautiful” is one of the best songs ever written.