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'My little right hand man.' Simon Cowell opens up about his son, Eric

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Simon Cowell has opened up about his two-year-old son, Eric, revealing that the toddler is already a "good critic" when it comes to Simon's talent show competitions.

He told People magazine: "He's the world's cutest little boy. I've got to tell you, he's going to be my little right-hand man – anything he likes I like.

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Simon spoke about his son

"He's brilliant, he comes down to the auditions and really enjoys the acts. He's very good to watch funnily enough, because I can see when he's bored and when he's up dancing. He's a good critic already. He's unpaid but he's helping me!"

The judge also spoke about how his son had made him a "softer" judge, and how it has changed the way he treats young people on talent shows.

"There's no question when you actually have a kid, it does make you feel different because you understand how you would feel if it was your son up there," he said.

"I'm very conscious that the kids who audition for AGT [America's Got Talent] want to be there, they're not being pushed into it, and that they're having a great day out, otherwise we wouldn't see them."  

According to his spokesperson, the 56-year-old has been bed-ridden with flu recently, making him unable to attend his own ball earlier this week for the charity Together For Short Lives, leading his partner Lauren Silverman to host in his place.

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Simon already revealed Eric is a good judge

A source told The Mirror: "He wouldn't miss this event unless he was feeling really ill, the charity means a great deal to him."

The music mogul has previously spoken about his charity work, telling HELLO!: "I've never been very good with hospitals. Before I first went to visit one of the hospices, I had this idea in my head of a grey corridor of beds. But when I got there it was the exact opposite. It was very colourful, there's an amazing atmosphere and it feels like home.

"It definitely makes you more aware that they need help. You are just thankful that your child is healthy. It puts everything into perspective. You might think you've got problems, but you don't."