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Simon Cowell: Biggest Mistakes Come from Believing My Hype

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Simon CowellSimon Cowell admits his biggest failures have resulted from "believing his own hype."

The 52-year-old music and reality television mogul - who lost all his money in the late 80s and ended up living back at home with his mother - believes his ego has been his biggest downfall.

"I've had many failures. The biggest were at times when I believed my own hype. I'd had smaller failures, signing bands that didn't work, but my record company going bust, that was the first big one. I was a typical Eighties cliché. I had the cars, the house, the image and everything was beyond my means. I spent too much time at parties and then everything imploded. Amazingly, it felt quite a relief when it happened. It was the point when interest rates were 60 per cent, everything came crashing down. I got rid of everything - I had negative equity on my house. Losing everything is probably the greatest lesson you learn. I went back to my parents' house and started again. From then on everything I did was different. It was all about the work. I sold the Porsche, got a classic red TR6 for seven grand. I loved that car more than the Porsche."

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Simon Cowell ‘Desperate’ to Sign Adele for US X Factor

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Adele at this year's GrammysSimon Cowell is "desperate" to sign Adele as a judge on US X Factor.

The music mogul is putting together a lucrative offer to land the "Someone Like You" hitmaker for the program - which is short of two panellists following the sacking of Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger - and insiders believe "money is not an option" because he is so impressed with her success.

"Simon is always looking for new directions and ideas. He thinks Adele's success and achievements are incredible. He recognizes that true musicianship and a serious approach can bring a lot of credibility and an extra dimension to his show," a source said.

It seems Simon isn't alone in wanting Adele for the show. "The producers love her," another insider added.

Simon recently praised the 23-year-old singer's "down-to-earth" attitude since she found fame and achieved "incredible success," which has included six Grammy prizes and two BRIT Awards earlier this year:

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Britney Spears Offered $10 Million for X Factor

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Britney SpearsBritney Spears has reportedly been offered $10 million to judge the US version of The X Factor.

The "Hold It Against Me" singer's fiance and manager Jason Trawick is said to have "been negotiating for some time," with executives for the talent search show. One source told E! news Britney has been offered the huge sum to appear on the second series of the show - which returns later this year - but she's said to be holding out for $16 million.

The first run of The X Factor was judged by show boss Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid, Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul, although the latter two were subsequently axed after it failed to achieve the ratings Simon had hoped.

Simon is said to have initially approached Britney, and recently admitted he was "fascinated" by her and think she would be ideal for the show: "I would think that if she's managed to sustain in her family life in a career which is tough, this is a walk in the park."

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LeAnn Rimes Steps Closer to X Factor Job

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LeAnn RimesLeAnn Rimes has stepped closer to a job on The X Factor judging panel.

The "Can't Fight The Moonlight" hitmaker - who is believed to be filling one of the spots left vacant by axed judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger - reportedly spent all day Wednesday locked in a secret meeting with show chief Nigel Lythgoe.

While fellow X Factor boss Simon Cowell was not present, it was said to be a "great meeting," X17online.com reports.

In addition to her 18 years in the music business, LeAnn brings with her the accolade of being the younger Grammy winner in history at the age of just 14.

While the 29-year-old singer will find out whether she has landed the lucrative gig in the next three weeks, it is also thought troubled star Britney Spears is being lined up to join the panel: "Britney has had a tough few years but this would put her back at the very top. She would be great for the show and it could be great for her. In terms of excitement and intrigue Britney would top them all," an insider said.

Simon Cowell Thanks Axed US X Factor Trio

Simon CowellX Factor boss Simon Cowell has thanked judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul and host Steve Jones after they were axed from the show.

The show boss paid tribute to the trio after they were dropped from the series and wished them success in their careers - but he also announced plans to work with Paula on another project in the ''near future'.'

''I want to say a massive thank you to Paula, Nicole and Steve for being part of The X Factor last year. We had a lot of fun making the show together and importantly, we found some real talent and stars. 'You do develop friendships with the people you work with and Paula, in particular, is a very close friend and I expect to be working with her on another project in the near future. 'I'm sure all three are going to have massive success in what they do next, but now is the time to thank them all for everything they did last year," Cowell said in a statement.

Following Simon's statement, Nicole took to her Twitter account to confirm she will not be returning to the US version of the show and she now plans to create ''great music'' in 2012: ''I wanted to let you know directly from me that it's true I won't be returning to The X Factor. Looking forward to an exciting year ahead and making great music and more! I'm grateful for the love you always give me.''

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Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell Together Again on X Factor

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Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell

Paula Abdul will join Simon Cowell at the judging table… but not on American Idol. The two former judges are going to reunite on X Factor USA, which will also run on FOX.

Abdul joins Cheryl Cole and Antonio “LA” Reid at the table. X Factor USA looks for singing talent, soloists and group acts, aged 12 and above.

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Mariah Carey Joining X-Factor

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Mariah Carey

Well, at least some of the rumors are true. Mariah Carey will be a part of Simon Cowell’s US version of The X-Factor, but not necessarily as a singing judge.

“Her idea was to be the judge of the judges, which of course only Mariah could come up with,” said Simon Cowell. “I think Mariah will have a role on the live shows,” he confirmed, adding “I literally adore her. I love her to bits.”

Cowell will be joined on The X-Factor’s judging panel by Antonio Reid.

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Jessica Simpson to Join Simon Cowell’s X Factor?

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Jessica SimpsonWho’s going to join Simon Cowell on The X Factor’s juding panel? Speculation has been running rampant, but sources are currently citing Jessica Simpson as a front-runner. In the past, Cowell has worked well with somewhat ditzy chicks, so we think this could be seriously great.

Rumors have surrounded the show for months. Katy Perry, Mariah Carey and many other famous names have been tossed out there, and right now it’s anybody’s guess who Simon Cowell will pick.

The X Factor will appear on FOX in the fall, where it won’t interfere with the 100-pound reality gorilla American Idol.

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American Idol 10: Group Night

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American Idol 10 Group Night

American Idol sent more than 150 Hollywood Week contestants home last week -- but it was only a preview. Group night has always been exceptionally intense on contestants. Would this year’s extremely packed Hollywood crowd bring even more drama than usual?

Wasn’t that the plan all along?

After two days in Hollywood, 168 were still in the competition. With a single night to prepare, contestants had to find a group and learn a song before performing before the judges the following day. And if that wasn't enough, the contestants were about to have all their carefully-made plans completely wrecked.

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X Factor to Offer Multi-Million Dollar Prize

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Simon Cowell The X Factor

The X Factor has found yet another way to trump American Idol. The reality show already has Simon Cowell, and now it’s got the much better deal for would-be singers. The show will reward the winner of its singing competition with a $5 million recording contract through Sony. The staggering amount will be the largest sum ever rewarded through TV.

The US version of The X Factor is scheduled to premiere in September, and Simon Cowell will definitely be on the panel when auditions begin in New York. Unlike Idol, The X Factor accepts group performers and recognizes practically no age limitations.

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