Simon Cowell Buys An Apartment in New York

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Simon Cowell has splashed out over $10 million on a New York apartment.

Simon and girlfriend Lauren Silverman – who have four-month-old son Eric together – have closed a deal on a luxury three-bedroom apartment on East 78th Street, close to the Upper East Side neighbourhood where the socialite’s other son Adam, seven, lives with his father Andrew Silverman.

It is unclear which apartment in the building the couple bought, but a three-bedroom property was recently listed at $10.8 million.

A source told the New York Post newspaper “They wanted to be on the Upper East Side, and they love modern and new.”

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The couple have been house hunting for several months and the property they have bought is said to be very similar to the $25,000-a-month home Simon rented for Lauren, when she was pregnant.

Simon Cowell Films The Opening Sequence To The X Factor James Bond Style

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Simon Cowell channelled his inner James Bond as he shot the opening sequence for the X Factor in a field in Redhill, Surrey.

As he landed he was seen sprinting towards his limo in true 007 style.

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While he dressed to impress to shoot the scenes, it wasn’t enough to get Simon to put on a tie as he sported his usual unbuttoned shirt look.

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Simon Cowell is NOT Leaving Britain’s Got Talent And Plans For Eric To Inherit His Business

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Speaking to TV Biz, Simon Cowell said “There were some reports saying I was going to leave Britain’s Got Talent, but I’m definitely, definitely not.

However, as to whether his fellow judges David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden would return next year, Cowell said, “It’s too early to say.”

Speaking about this year’s X Factor, when asked if he thinks returning X Factor judge Cheryl Cole will be able to cope with the pressure of coming back to the high profile show, Simon remarked, “All eyes are going to be on her… “But it takes a lot of the pressure off me!”

But on a more serious note, he added, “She’s ready for it. I think she’s going to be great.”

Talking of his son Eric he said he will be in Britain for the next few months to film X Factor auditions, and then of course for the live shows, Cowell said, “I might even take Eric with me to some of the recordings.

Simon also spoke for the first time about his plans for Eric to inherit his business saying “In time, he is going to inherit my business.”

But how would he feel is his son wanted to be on the stage and not in a judge’s seat?

He said, “If Eric wants to try out at being a singer, I’d be okay with that, but I will tell him straight if he can’t do it.”

However, Simon conceded, “[But] I might not be quite as blunt as I am with some of the contestants.”

Simon Cowell Adds Mel B As The Final Judge To The X Factor Judging Panel

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Mel B Spices Up The X Factor!

Spice Girl Melanie B joins Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Louis Walsh. Dermot O’Leary is back as host

The nation’s most talked about entertainment show today (11th June 2014) confirms its brand new judging panel with Spice Girl Melanie B becoming the fourth and final judge.

As part of the biggest selling female group of all time and the cultural phenomenon, which was The Spice Girls, Mel B has notched up a stunning 80 million record sales worldwide, including nine UK No.1s. She also has five prestigious BRIT Awards to her name.

Mel’s signing comes after she appeared as a guest judge on The X Factor in 2012, where she lived up to her scary nickname with her straight talking approach.

Talking about joining the panel Mel B says: “I’m so excited to be joining The X Factor – I loved being a guest judge back in 2012. I’ve always thought honesty is the best policy when being a judge and that’s what I’m going to bring more of this year – whether it’s spotting an incredible singer, giving someone a reality check or debating with Simon over who’s got it wrong! Now I can’t wait to get started and find some amazing talent.”

The X Factor creator, Simon Cowell, says: “I am thrilled that Mel B has agreed to be a judge on The X Factor this year. I thought she was fantastic as a guest judge a couple of years ago. She is feisty, opinionated and, I believe, will be a great mentor.”

Mel B will join renowned music manager Louis Walsh, who returns for another series. As previously announced, they are joining Simon and pop princess Cheryl Cole, who both make a celebrated return to the show for the first time since 2010.

The judges will be joined by award-winning broadcaster and presenter Dermot O’Leary, who is back to preside over the talent, tears and drama, while providing support to the aspiring stars.

Louis Walsh says, “It should be a fun year this year with both Simon and Cheryl returning and I think Mel will keep us all on our toes, she is Scary Spice after all.”

Dermot O’Leary says, “Mel was great as a guest judge a couple of years ago and she certainly doesn’t mince her words. With Mel on the panel, along with Simon, Cheryl and Louis, I’ll have my hands full – we’re going to be in for an exciting year.”

Filming for the new series begins next week with an audition tour taking place in four cities across the UK – Manchester, London, Newcastle and Edinburgh. Once again hopefuls will have to tackle two sets of audition rounds, starting with the intimate closed rooms in which they find themselves eyeball-to-eyeball in front of the judges. If they impress and get three or more yeses, they must then sing in an arena to prove they can impress a live audience.

Simon Cowell Might Change the BGT Judges Next Year And What Does Eric Think Of The Show.

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Simon Cowell talks about his fellow Britain’s Got Talent judges and how Eric watches the show.

Simon believes David Walliams is a law unto himself.

“He overstepped the mark sometimes but the more I say to him to not do it, he does it even more, so it’s better to say little. He gets really over-excited on the live shows and says and does things he wasn’t planning, then sometimes regrets it. But he kind of makes it interesting.”

Simon has hinted that he may have reached the end of the road with the comic. Admitting to Nicola Methven from the Daily Mirror Simon that there could well be changes to the judging line-up next year, he says he will make the decision depending on each of panelists “commitment” to the ITV show.

“I don’t even know yet,” he sighed. “With David I knew what I was letting myself in for before we signed him. It’s much more down to having a conversation with all of them afterwards and seeing how much they want to be in the show.

“Are they still absolutely into the idea of finding a star? You never want a judge for hire. You want someone who’s really going to be committed.”

Along the bench, Amanda Holden has made it clear she loves the role, thanking Simon for rescuing her from simply being known for a failed marriage to Les Dennis and an affair with Neil Morrissey.

But there is also a question-mark over Alesha Dixon. The former Strictly Come Dancing judge is being linked to the vacant role on Simon’s other show The X Factor.

“She couldn’t do both,” was all he would say this week.

Talking about the final Simon says he’s pleased with how this series of BGT has gone, finding it less predictable than last year, when Hungarian shadow act Attraction triumphed.

“I’m excited about the final – it’s going to be very open. There are four or five who could win it on the night, unlike last year when it was quite obvious that Attraction were going to win. It was a bit of a one horse race.”

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Simon Cowell Confirms They Have Settled On A Fourth X Factor Judge and Asks 1D Fans To Stay Loyal

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Footage published online, which appeared to have been filmed by Louis Tomlinson during their tour in Peru, seemed to show him smoking cannabis with bandmate Zayn Malik.

Some fans of the boyband have criticised them but Cowell spoke in their favour during the Health Lottery fundraising event in London on Monday.

He said: “What I can say is, I’ve worked with the boys for a long time. They are the hardest working boys I’ve ever worked with, they still haven’t changed, they’re really respectful to their fans, they’re hard working, they’re a great British export, but that’s all I can really say.”

Asked if their fans would support them, he said: “I hope the fans stay loyal but that’s all I can really say.

“I’ve worked with a lot of artists in the past who do lose the plot and do lose respect for their fans and forget who put them there – they’ve never done that. They really do love their fans so I can only talk about my own personal relationship with them and they’ve been a joy to work with.”

Simon also said he had “settled” on the fourth judge for the next series of the X Factor. The choice will join Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Louis Walsh on the panel.

He said: “We’ve settled on someone and we’re going to make an announcement this week. It’s not just finding a name, it’s someone who’s going to do the job.

“They’ve got to really commit to the artists and that’s why it’s been a long decision. It’s a female.”