Celebrity birthdays: Simon Cowell turns 55

Happy birthday, Simon Cowell! As the music mogul celebrates turning 55, HELLO! Online takes a look at what the stars have in store for Simon and for you...

This is what Simon, who is a Libra, can expect today:

Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrödinger, used to have big debates about a hypothetical cat in a postulated box. In the box, is something that can kill the cat. But it might not do so. How, these great men of science used to wonder, can anyone tell whether the creature is alive or dead? To this day, the question remains both unanswered and, in the eyes at least of various animal protection leagues, unpopular. Non-scientists can see an easier solution. Open the box. Easier still, for you today, just stop imagining that the box exists!

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Simon Cowell is one of Britain's best-known A&R executive, scouting talent for the music business through TV reality show. He shot to fame in 2001 when he was asked to be a judge on a new ITV show Pop Idol.

The WIll Young/Gareth Gates finale in 2001 was one of the most watched TV episodes of all time, and Simon soon left to launch the show in America, with the title American Idol.

Simon became known for his outspoken commentary towards contestants, including the phrase "I don't mean to be rude but..."

In 2004 Simon used his new found fame to launch his own show, The X Factor, with ITV. With Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne, the show aired in 2004 and was an instant success.

After seven successful years Simon decided to leave the UK version to launch the show in America. He took with him British singer and X Factor judge Cheryl Cole but he soon found himself being criticised after he abruptly let Cheryl go and replaced her with Nicole Scherzinger.


In 2014, after three years away from the British version of The X Factor, Simon and Cheryl returned for the 11th series to great fanfare and interest.

As well as athe music business Simon has also proudced shows including Red or Black? presented by Ant and Dec, and the cookery show Food Glorious Food.

In 2014 Simon became a father for the first time, after his partner Lauren Silverman gave birth to a little boy, Eric.