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Simon Cowell becomes an Angel | Jamie Tuohy

What with The Victoria’s Secrets Fashion Show taking place last night, there has been a lot of talk of angels, however it might come as a surprise to hear Simon Cowell’s name associated with the winged and benevolent creatures, but the time has come!

Don’t worry, the pop mogul has not taken to the catwalk in some VS lingerie (THANK GOD), but he has been playing the role of good and bad angel in the latest X Factor USA commercial.

The new advert sees Simon trying to influence a viewer’s vote by telling her that a certain contestant has the “voice of an angel.” However, the evil Simon, dressed in sombre black, retaliates with “more like a fallen angel.”

It’s all very cheesy and involves duct tape, so check it out below!

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Simon spells it out for Cheryl – Jamie Tuohy

When Simon Cowell unceremoniously sacked Cheryl Cole from US X Factor, the Geordie singer exacted her revenge by hiring a plane to spell out “Simon Cowell is 52 today! Ha ha ha! Love Cheryl” and as Cheryl celebrated her 29th birthday in Las Vegas, her former boss followed suit when it came her birthday present.

The media mogul hired a jet to fly over the Encore hotel where Cheryl is staying and spell out “Cheryl – Congratulations you’re 30 next year. ha ha ha. Love Simon”.

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It was thought that Simon was less than impressed with Cheryl’s stunt last year, as the reality TV judge is notoriously tight-lipped about his age. When Simon got the opportunity to give Cheryl a taste of her own medicine, he jumped at the chance and hired the jet to deliver her birthday message 10,000 feet above her hotel.

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Since Cheryl’s US X Factor sacking, rumours of a rift have been rife, with reports suggesting that the pair’s friendship was apparently irrevocably fractured. However, their birthday banter and witty gestures prove that Simon and Cheryl are back to their ‘love/hate’ best!

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One Direction’s fortune set to DOUBLE to £64m

When Simon Cowell decided to form a boyband from five bootcamp rejects two years ago, no one could have envisaged the scale of that band’s success. And it appears no one had foreboded their potential for money-making either! Of course,that band is One Direction, comprising of Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik and Liam Payne, who have collectively racked up a fortune of £32million. Proving that winning the X Factor doesn’t equate to soaring record sales (sorry Matt Cardle), these five lads have not only achieved a plethora of top 10 hits, but have also cracked the exclusive American market, with their solo album debuting at No.1 in the U.S. Billbord 200. After collecting a BRIT award for “Best British Single” withWhat Makes You Beautiful and making chart history, it has emerged that One Direction’s fortune is set to DOUBLE to a mind-blowing £64million in the next year.

 

The boys, who are signed to Simon Cowell’s SyCo in the UK and Columbia Records in America, have amassed their fortune through sales of tickets for their sell out worldwide tours, CD and DVD sales and endorsement deals with companies such as Pokémon, Nokia, HarperCollins and Hasbro. Cowell and his crew struck gold at the perfect time – just when the music industry was searching for a fresh injection of British pop mania, with a cheeky Irish twist. Now, thanks to their hardcore ‘Directioners’ all over the world, who would LITERALLY do anything for the boys, Niall, Harry, Louis, Zayn and Liam are about to see their wealth ascend into even more stratospheric levels.

 

Harry and Co are already big spenders and have been flashing their newfound wealth over the past year, with Range Rovers and £2m penthouses floating around amongst the band’s assets. With a team of 90 people around them, comprising of bodyguards, stylists and hairdressers, One Direction have become a perfectly coiffed, well-oiled machine that’s well on its way to becoming an institution. Simon Cowell knows exactly what these guys need to do to remain at the top and he’s sticking to the hymn sheet religiously. These five guys might have just got lucky on the day Simon was looking for a new boyband, but they’re certainly living up to their name and heading, full-speed ahead in one direction – world domination!

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$15m for Britney Spears to appear on US X Factor – Jamie Tuohy

Britney Spears has long been in contention for a judging role on the US version of X Factor. For the last number of weeks, rumours have been rife that the singer has signed on the dotted line to appear on the US talent show.

After much speculation, it is widely believed that Britney has agreed to accept Simon Cowell’s offer and will take her seat on the judging panel for a staggering and record breaking $15million.

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Spears has reportedly singed a $15million deal to appear on Cowell's talent show 

The eye watering amount of money would see Britney earning a ridiculous €365,000 for every hour she appears on the talent show and would make her the highest paid judge on any talent show, putting Jennifer Lopez’ $12million fee for American Idol in the shade.

Cowell has been keen to get Britney on board for some time, saying “she’s one of the most talked about stars on the planet” and it looks like the British music mogul has done just that. Ever the businessman, Cowell knows that Britney’s profile will send viewing figures sky high.

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The deal will make Britney the highest paid talent show judge on television 

Over her lengthy and often tumultuous career, Britney has accumulated an estimated fortune of $160million and sold over 100million albums. As a judge on a show as high profile as X Factor, which will undoubtedly see the pop princess performing and promoting new tracks on results night, Spears can expect her profile to be raised to even more mind boggling heights.

There has been no official announcement as of yet, but with all sources hinting that the deal is in the bag, it looks like there will be a rally of young X Factor hopefuls on this year’s show, vying for a place on team Britney’.

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Jamie.

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