It’s no secret that Simon Cowell has a reputation for being a bit of a bully. Though he’s admittedly softened over the years, his penance for being rough on his various talent show auditions still stands. Nevertheless, as ScreenRant puts it“his moments of kindness, though only a handful, made an impact.”
Over the years, Cowell has been either a producer, a judge, or both on Pop Idol, American Idol, Britain’s Got Talent, The X Factor, American Inventor, America’s Got Talent, Celebrity Duets ‘, ‘Canada’s Got Talent’ and more, according to IMDB.
A crying girl meets a sympathetic producer
In 2012, Cowell was a judge and producer on The X-Factor. That was the same year that The Voice’s newest coach, Camila Cabello, auditioned and was eventually brought into girl band Fifth Harmony by Cowell. But this life-changing event almost didn’t happen for the Latina pop star.
With The Voice season 22 scheduled to air on September 19, Cowell decided to a Story with extraon Aug. 9, on how the NBC show’s newest coach really got her big break.
Cowell told Extra: “When I was doing ‘X Factor’ here, [Cabello] wasn’t supposed to audition and i happened to go backstage and saw her crying, asked her why she was crying and she said it was too late for her to audition because she was a reserve whatever that meant.
Cowell continued, “I said to her, ‘Well, I’m one of the producers, you just got an audition,’ and you know, when those moments work out … luckily I’ve been there so many times that her career is in.” going in a completely different direction. If those things hadn’t happened, there would be no point in doing the shows.”
Cowell continued to assist Cabello
It’s been 10 years since Cowell found Cabello crying backstage and changed her life. But Cabello almost got stuck in the X Factor competition. As Vogue explains, “Fifth Harmony consists of five singers, all of whom have successfully auditioned as soloists on The X Factor but have not individually made it onto the stage of the competition’s Judges’ Houses. They were later formed as a group at the end of Simon Cowell’s boot camp, thus qualifying for the Groups category.
If Cowell hadn’t decided to bring the eliminated solo singers together as a group, it would have been the end of their time on The X-Factor. But Cowell has a knack for spotting and delivering superstars. The 62-year-old spoke to Extra about how he remembers not only discovering Cabello, but also pop sensation Harry Styles, a former member of boy band One Direction.
“I remember his audition like it was yesterday,” Cowell said. “He was very charming, he was very confident, he was very funny and I liked him. I just thought there was something… special about him… You never forget those moments, and like I said, honestly, if we didn’t make people’s careers a success, I would never be doing these shows today.” Cowell continued, “That’s probably what I’m most proud of, that the shows we’ve done have done what we intended, which is more than just a TV show.”
Both Styles and Cabello have since left their groups and pursued highly successful solo careers. Since Cabello left Fifth Harmony in 2016, she’s had great success. Her first two albums, Camila and Romance, went platinum. She also had nine platinum singles, including “Havana.” according to the Recording Industry Association of America.
Cabello will make her debut appearance as a judge on “The Voice” on Monday, September 19 at 8:00 p.m. ET.
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