Due Feb,13,09Simon Cowell
His first known insult, directed towards his own mother, when he told her, that her hat made her look like a poodle. He was born on October 7th 1959 in Brighton England, Son to Eric Phillip and Julie Cowell, brother too Nicholas Cowell, step brother to Tony and Michael Cowell. Many know him as that mean one on American Idol, who? None other than Simon Cowell. Yes the man who built his fortune on the criticism of others, the producer of the X factor, America’s got Talent and judge of his other show , American Idol. Although it may seem crazy, this man actually worked very hard to get to where he is today. Smarts, Risks and Connections with his Father, made him the man he is today.
Due to Drinking and cigarette smoking that started at age 9, Simon was kicked out of a numerous amount of schools leading to him dropping out at age sixteen. Simon began working at a few menial jobs but always had trouble getting along with bosses and co-workers, obviously not a surprise, seeing how he still doesn’t get along with his fellow judges. His Father who was an executive at the recording Giant at EMI music publishing , got him a job in, where else?, his companies mail room. After a year of mail , Simon moved up to a job for Iain Burton, the manager of Chorographer Arlene Phillips, the co- founder of the dance group Hot Gossip, of the record label Fanfare records. In 1989 Cowell’s Fanfare records; parent company, got in to financial difficulties, forcing fanfare into the hands of BMG and Simon back into his parent’s house. He says this tragedy was the best thing that happened to him, teaching him the value of money.
He then worked his way up to a position in music publishing he left to form E&S music with his boss at EMI. His Fathers connections in the business eventually got Simon rehired as the assistant to an A&R man. A little later in the year, Simon became an A&R consultant for BMG .when 2001 rolls around, Simon and two other judges star on a British show called Pop Idol, much like today’s American Idol. In 2002 Cowell set up another very successful label, SYCO records which then became a part of other labels such as Columbia Records and Sony BMG music entertainment. This was also the year American Idol premiered, naming Kelly Clarkson season one’s American Idol. In 2003 he releases a book titled, “ I don’t mean to be rude, but” about his early childhood and how he became who he is. That same year after a long search, Cowell found four men perfect for II Divo. Then the X- factor, a show off the syco records premiered in 2004. America’s got talent also began this year. Just two years later Simon became executive producer to American inventor a show seeing who can come up with the next big “it” thing on the market. In 2006 he also agreed to remain a judge on American Idol, earning a hefty check of 40 million annually. In the year 2008 a popular artist from the UK became famous in the US for her hit song bleeding love, yes Simon even signed Leona Lewis.
Through out the years of his music career Simon has had many honors given to him. The judge of American Idol was presented with the accolade by theatre impresario sir Andrew Lloyd Webber during the ceremony at Royal Albert Hall. He was also presented with the life time achievement award as well. His show American Idol has been nominated for many Emmys over the years. He has won Teen Choice awards as well as an award for Special recognitions In 2006, Cowell ranked No. 29 on Forbes Magazine’s “Celebrity 100 Power List.” He was named one of People Magazine’s 25 Most Eligible Bachelors in 2004.He was placed No.33 on channel 4’s list of all time worst Britons. He is famous for he quotes such as, “That was terrible, I mean just awful”
And “My advice would be if you want to pursue a career in the music business, don’t.” “Did you really believe you could become the American Idol? Well, then, you’re deaf.” He often compares contestants to karaoke bar singers. Although he is brutal to many contestants, he might just have a heart of gold. Cowell supports animal rights and has even appeared in a video for PETA, where he reminds people not to keep their animals in the hot car when they are out and about. He has been involved in charities for children as well. He has even invited them backstage to the screenings of the x factor. After the Idol gives Back segment went on air, a close source said Simon gave his paycheck to these children in poverty.
In conclusion, Simon Cowell has been a tragedy turned into a success story. He changed his bad luck in high school to a high paying job as a brutally honest judge on many shows. But is this the last we will see from him? He told a British magazine that when his contract with American idol was complete “that was it” he says” by the end of my contract the public will be sick of me.”
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