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Simon Cowell Says He Told Louis Tomlinson to 'Man Up' When He Heard Baby News, Says One Direction Taking a Break

Simon Cowell Says He Told Louis Tomlinson to 'Man Up' When He Heard Baby News, Says One Direction Taking a Break

Originally posted 07/19/2015 03:25PM

Simon Cowell revealed how he reacted to Louis Tomlinson's baby news – and also said that One Direction will take a break soon – in a new interview with The Sun.

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Simon Cowell Is 'Absolutely Delighted' Louis Tomlinson Is Going to Be a Dad

Simon Cowell Is 'Absolutely Delighted' Louis Tomlinson Is Going to Be a Dad

Originally posted 07/15/2015 05:00PM

"Simon was one of the first people Louis called after he'd told his family," a source tells PEOPLE

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Simon Cowell Returns to X Factor Following His Mother's Death

Simon Cowell Returns to X Factor Following His Mother's Death

Originally posted 07/08/2015 03:55PM

Simon Cowell has been mourning in privacy since the death of his mother, Julie Cowell, earlier this week at the age of 89.

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Simon Cowell's Mom, Julie, Has Died: We 'Will Miss Her Terribly'

Simon Cowell's Mom, Julie, Has Died: We 'Will Miss Her Terribly'

Originally posted 07/05/2015 08:35PM

Julie Cowell, the mother of Simon Cowell, passed away on Sunday, PEOPLE has confirmed. She was 89.

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Rita Ora to Join The X Factor U.K. Judging Panel | The X Factor, Rita Ora, Rita Ora

Rita Ora to Join The X Factor U.K. Judging Panel

Originally posted 06/16/2015 06:35PM

Rita Ora's gonna give you a whole other reason to love her.

The "Black Widow" singer announced Tuesday on Twitter that she's been tapped to sit at The X Factor (UK) judges' table. She'll join current judges Simon Cowell and singer Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, along with fellow new judge, BBC radio host Nick Grimshaw.

Ora is no stranger to singing competitions. She was a coach on the BBC One's The Voice last season and appeared as a guest judge on X Factor in 2012.

"I am excited to be coming back. I had a ball here in 2012," said Ora. "This is a journey I can't wait to embark on to find some talented singers. It's the new generation taking over. Booooom."

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Simon Cowell: 'I Still Haven't Changed' My Son's Diaper

Simon Cowell: 'I Still Haven't Changed' My Son's Diaper

Originally posted 05/27/2015 02:00PM

"I never expected to be a father, but I love it. Eric makes me laugh," Cowell says

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Simon Cowell Pays Tribute to American Idol: 'We Had a Blast'

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Simon Cowell Pays Tribute to American Idol: 'We Had a Blast'

Originally posted 05/11/2015 07:30PM

Simon Cowell has paid tribute to American Idol, revealing he and his costars had a "blast" on the talent show juggernaut.

The 55-year-old Brit, whose acid-tongued barbs made him a superstar in the States, spoke out Monday after Fox revealed the show would end after 15 seasons.

And Cowell fondly remembered the show – recalling the "great times" he spent on and off air with his costars Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest and first-year cohost Brian Dunkleman.

He tells PEOPLE in an exclusive statement: "We had a blast! Me, Paula, Randy, Ryan – and not forgetting Brian. Thanks to the fans we were able to make some great shows and found some amazing artists. Fox took a risk on a brand new show and I want to thank them for giving us the opportunity. They really were great times.”

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Are Simon, Paula and Randy Returning for American Idol's Final Season?

Are Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson Returning for American Idol's Final Season?

Originally posted 05/11/2015 03:00PM

After several years spent as Fox's most successful series, American Idol experienced a steep decline in viewership in recent years that, finally, has led to its cancellation.

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Inside Simon Cowell and Howard Stern's Feud – and What Ended It

Inside Simon Cowell and Howard Stern's Feud – and What Ended It

Originally posted 05/01/2015 06:40PM

What feud?

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