Sweet Revenge: The Intimate Life of Simon Cowell

By Tom Bower

For this definitive biography, acclaimed journalist and bestselling writer Tom Bower used to be granted extraordinary entry to Simon Cowell and people round him—and the result's a desirable multilayered portrait of 1 of the world’s such a lot exciting tv personalities ever to dominate the song undefined.
 
Simon Cowell has made a global identify for himself because the no-holds-barred pass judgement on at the tv phenomenon American Idol. He’s been known as suggest, boastful, brash, and unapologetic, yet his stinging barbs and conceited character have additionally earned him cheers from lovers, in addition to thousands of greenbacks, a string of unique beauties, and clout to increase his personal tasks. yet Cowell’s real gift is revenge.
 
Sweet Revenge is the last word insider’s account of Simon Cowell’s upward thrust to fame—even as others plotted his downfall—from his cheeky exploits as a British tuition lad to his disasters as a annoyed younger tune exec in London to his explosive contention with Simon Fuller over the genesis of the Idol franchise to the PR catastrophe that just about sunk his wildly winning exhibit The X Factor. engaging in greater than a hundred and fifty interviews with energy gamers, Cowell’s internal circle, and Cowell himself on a personal jet, chartered yacht, at his L.A. domestic, and at the studio lot, Tom Bower pulls again the curtain on a guy who's without delay insecure, bold, simply bored, useless, needy, and pushed, a guy who will visit any restrict to safe his good fortune. Cowell can also be printed as a faithful pal and loving son. His father, to whom Cowell used to be relatively shut, grew to become his such a lot relied on adviser and mentor.
 
full of juicy info, particular interviews, and never-before-revealed evidence, Sweet Revenge presents an entire photo of Simon Cowell that few have ever obvious.

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Budgets have been hindrances Cowell wouldn't tolerate. Blackhurst, who had introduced Kylie Minogue to RCA after her cut up with Waterman, used to be bemused. ‘Girl factor is simply Kylie via numbers,’ he laughed. The comparability didn't deter Cowell. in the end, Kylie had develop into an international sensation sooner than Griffiths, wrongly believing that her most sensible days had handed, terminated her agreement. Griffiths believed in lady factor, and Cowell was once extra dedicated than ever. In his unending pre-launch interviews, he provided himself because the marvelous manufacturer of 5 and Westlife who was once tough Fuller and the Spice women in co-operation with Chris Herbert, who was once definite he might beat his unique invention. ‘The quantity of hype is unprecedented,’ bubbled John McKie, the wreck Hits editor, excitedly. ‘There’s a true buzz approximately them. they're 5 stunning women, and the music is excellent. humans wish whatever new and in-your-face, they usually certainly healthy the invoice. ’ Few newshounds may perhaps withstand the tale. Drawing on each dating, Cowell positioned the crowd on approximately 40 television and radio indicates sooner than unveiling the climax of an exceptional promotional crusade on the Eiffel Tower. approximately four hundred eu and American song executives, reporters and celebrities have been invited at RCA’s fee to commute to Paris. by the point 1/2 them arrived at the Eurostar teach from London, so much have been ‘well-oiled’, mentioned one promotions govt. the ladies’ flamboyant concert earlier than lunch within the tower’s second-floor eating place was once greeted rapturously by way of the newshounds, who then travelled around the urban to a five-star inn for dinner and a celebration. such a lot felt obliged to write down gushing prose, and Cowell again to London looking forward to an speedy number-one hit. ‘Last One status’ was once published in July 2000, with 200,000 copies disbursed to the malls. The manufacturing facility was once on stand-by to fabricate millions extra. At 10 a. m. on Tuesday morning, Cowell arrived strangely early in his place of work, awaiting the pinnacle of revenues to convey the ‘midweeks’ revenues sheet. His belly churned as he appeared down the checklist to discover woman factor at quantity 8. ‘Complete disaster,’ he muttered in surprise. ‘Black Tuesday,’ stated Blackhurst, saddened by means of the blow. Cowell dreaded Griffiths’s name. Griffiths believed in just backing winners. ‘He may have destroyed me,’ admitted Cowell later. ‘He may have acknowledged, “You fucking fool, you’ve blown all this funds. You’re inferior to you're thinking that you're. ”’ as a substitute, Griffiths introduced a thought of judgement: ‘All i'll say to you Simon, is this is the easiest factor that may ever take place on your profession. ’ And he positioned down the telephone. Cowell waited hours prior to coming into Griffiths’s place of work. ‘My ego is uncontrolled, isn’t it? ’ he requested. ‘Yes, Simon,’ answered Griffiths. ‘I’ve made an enormous, large mistake,’ groaned Cowell, chickening out in melancholy. the crowd additionally flopped within the US. overwhelmed via failure, Cowell knew that the track village and, in particular, Fuller have been overjoyed approximately his humiliation. The self-styled genius feared being swept away by means of public publicity.

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