The show drew in a record number of viewers for Fox, in addition to producing pop stars Kelly Clarkson (2002), Ruben Studdard (2003), Fantasia Barrino (2004), Jennifer Hudson (2004), Carrie Underwood (2005), Taylor Hicks (2006), Jordin Sparks (2007) and David Cook (2008), among others.
kicked off its second season in September 2012 with a few line-up changes.
In 2009 Cowell revealed that he had no intention of having children, stating, "With kids, you've got a routine you can't escape from.
You've got to be up at a certain time, got to listen, when all you want to do is sit in a corner thinking." His position on kids softened three years later during an interview with in 2012, during which he stated "I do really, really like kids, because I can talk to them and listen to them.
The relationship only lasted a few months, with Cowell confirming that the two had separated in early 2013.He moved back into his own place, and gradually climbed the corporate ladder at BMG.He managed to sign a string of successful acts for the company, selling more than 150 million records and 70 top-charting singles in the UK and United States.We're pretty sure there's never been a year where Simon and his team haven't had some new tricks up their sleeves. Eugen's from 10am - 6pm and if you have what it takes we NEED to see you!One of the biggest changes in store for Are you in #Tenerife..?! 🎵 🎤🥁 pic.twitter.com/U38Ujd Eu6i— The X Factor (@The XFactor) April 9, 2018Now, it's finally official – Simon Cowell will be joined at the judges' desk this year by Robbie Williams, Ayda Field and One Direction's Louis Tomlinson.Cowell has served as the executive producer of ' AGT' since its inception in 2006.In October 2015 he announced that he'd be replacing Howard Stern as a judge for the 2016 - 2018 season. However, both celebrities confirmed that they were merely friends, despite their chemistry on camera.Although Andrew and Laura Silverman are technically still married, the source told that a divorce "has been in the works for a while." After the Silvermans divorced in 2013, Cowell eventually confirmed that Lauren was pregnant with his child. “Eric is absolutely incredible and so funny," Cowell told the ."It [being a father] is the best thing that ever happened to me.”Simon Phillip Cowell was born on October 7, 1959 in London, England.Cowell left EMI during the early 1980s to form E&S Music with his boss at EMI, Ellis Rich.The company created several hits, but Cowell left by mutual agreement a few years later.