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.”

 

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One Direction Take Fans By Surprise by Opening Saturday’s Radio 1’s Big Weekend

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One Direction have performed at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Glasgow.

The boys were the first act to take to the main stage on Glasgow Green on Saturday afternoon (May 24), after arriving via private jet.

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They kicked off their seven-song set with debut single ‘What Makes You Beautiful’, before moving on to play hits such as ‘Best Song Ever’ and current single ‘You and I’.

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Simon Cowell’s First Animation Film Will Feature One Direction

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Just like The Beatles’ hugely successful Yellow Submarine, Harry Styles and co will star in a series of music animations.

Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment aims to appeal to new fans as young as five by cashing in on a deal with Animal Logic Entertainment according to the Star on Sunday.

The Australian-owned animation and special effects studio is behind a string of box office hits including The Lego Movie.

Boss Zareh Nalbandian said: “This is a perfect fit of complementary talents.”

Syco said in a statement last week that the partnership would “develop music-based animated and hybrid films”.

Simon, added: “The music has to be current.”

The boy’s  flourishing ­Hollywood career is set to win a new army of fans with at least two – and possibly more – full-length animated films next year and in 2016.

The boys will reportedly appear as cartoon characters and will also provide the voices.

A senior studio source said: “Simon wants to see almost a reinvention of the whole genre, with storylines woven around the boys’ songs and, eventually, songs written to specific storylines with ­spin-off albums.

“It’s an incredibly exciting prospect that may involve a mix of animation and live action. The animated stories will also free up One Direction to focus on this year’s Where We Are stadium world tour which is tipped to eclipse those of U2 and The Rolling Stones as the most profitable in history.

Simon Cowell Makes The Top Ten In The Sunday Times Music Rich List

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The Sunday Times publishes its annual ‘Rich List’ this weekend. Simon Cowell’s fortune has risen £50 million to £300 million. Putting him eighth place on the music rich list.

Top of the list is Len Blavatnik, owner of Warner Music, tops the list of the UK- based wealthy, with a fortune of £10billion.

One Direction are now the richest boy band in music history, The huge success of a recent world tour, DVD and merchandise sales, and a series of lucrative endorsement deals have seen the personal fortunes of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, all 20, Zayn Malik, 21, and Louis Tomlinson, 22, rocket by £9million each over the past year – a total of £45million.

Morgan Spurlock Confirms 1D ‘This Is Us’ Movie Sequel

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Rumours had been doing the rounds that the world’s biggest boyband were planning a sequel to last year’s cinema hit.

Now director Morgan Spurlock has confirmed the bankable band have already started filming. And this time the boys are aiming for an Oscar for their efforts – for Best Song.

Chatting exclusively at Mario Batali’s Vegas Uncork’d party, Spurlock said: “Yes, there will be a follow-up to This Is Us.

“At this moment Ben Winston is with the band on their world tour filming what happens.”He worked with me and is a great producer.

“I know Simon Cowell wants the band to get awards for this and was upset when they missed out on being nominated in the music category for an Oscar on our film.

“It was a good song and I was surprised that they weren’t even considered. “This time he will want them to try again.”

Last year’s This Is Us earned £40million at the box office worldwide, with £18million in the US alone.

And it earned millions more in DVD sales.

It sold a massive 270,000 copies in the first three days of release in the UK, becoming the fastest-selling music release ever.

Source: The Star on Sunday

Simon Cowell Appears In The Sunday Times Top Charity Donors

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Last year Simon Cowell was among the UK’s top 165 charity donors and is set to make it onto the annual Giving List for the first time.

According to a survey in The Sunday Times, Simon donated £1.6 million to charity in the past 12 months, placing him 10th on the list of celebrity givers.

Simon has a personal fortune of £225m and has been involved in charity work for many years. Among the causes he supports are Children’s Hospices UK, the Katie Piper Foundation and the animal rights charity PETA.

Simon Cowell’s pop sensations One Direction were among the music artists in the list donating a total of just under £2.1m.

Read more about the Charities Simon supports on our CHARITIES PAGE

Invitation for One Direction and Simon Cowell to Star in the Final Series of Glee

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GLEE bosses are trying to convince One Direction and Simon Cowell to make a cameo in the show.

The hit musical series has already featured two of the British boyband’s songs.

But now they want the lads – Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson Liam Payne, and Zayn Malik – to become Glee stars.

And producers are trying to find a way of convincing their boss, Simon Cowell, 54, to appear with them when the show returns for its final series.

Matthew Morrison, who plays Will Schuester in the series, said: “We have been so fortunate to have some great cameos, and to have One Direction on would be great for the show.

Matthew Morrison, who plays Will Schuester in the series, said: “We have been so fortunate to have some great cameos, and to have One Direction on would be great for the show.

“They are not much older than High School age so we could have them as students. And I am sure the younger female cast members wouldn’t object to their presence either. Both my and Jane Lynch’s dream cameo is Simon Cowell. So maybe the boys could bring their manager.

“It would make great TV seeing Sue Sylvester and Simon Cowell go head to head.”