‘x Factor’ Musical: Simon Cowell Attends First London Sneak Peek

Sneak Peek: Has Simon Cowell Finally Cracked the Code to The X Factor’s Success?

LONDON The X Factor creator Simon Cowell attended a sneak peek on Monday night for a musical that spoofs the TV show and is scheduled to open here next year. our editor recommends Simon Cowell’s Syco, FremantleMedia to Launch ‘Afghanistan’s Got Talent’ I Can’t Sing! The X Factor Musical, written by British comedian Harry Hill, is expected to open at the London Palladium theater in the spring. Cowell decided to back the show, which pokes fun at him and the talent show, after originally having doubts about the project. While he has said he is leaving the creative work to the show’s team, he is understood to have had a hand in the casting. Portraying him in the show is Nigel Harman, a former star of U.K. soap opera EastEnders who last year won an Olivier Award for playing Lord Farquaad in Shrek the Musical. He previously joined the cast of Downton Abbey for its fourth season, which is scheduled to air here later this year. “I didn’t want to do a musical that we took too seriously,” the Guardian quoted Cowell as saying Monday. “The X Factor is a serious show, but it’s also a fun show, and I like Harry’s sense of observation. The big thing for me was the songs, were the songs going to be good or not.” “Cowell was the butt of many jokes — mostly about lovechilds and yachts,” the paper wrote Tuesday about the three songs previewed for attendees of Monday’s event. “I get it in the neck throughout, and it’s constantly evolving this story, and I don’t care,” the Guardian quoted Cowell as saying.

Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman learn they have a son on the way after ultrasound scan

That’s Georgina Bloomberg, riding carefully, at the Hampton Classic Horse Show.

He’s about 14 years old, and where his vocal control is at such a young age, he pretty much knows exactly who he is as an artist. TV Guide Magazine: Do you pay close attention to what The Voice and American Idol do, both in their formats and in the ratings?Cowell: I like competition, I really do. But there are way too many competition shows, and that’s why you’ve got to constantly evolve. I look at the competition as, who is going to do the best with the contestants? Can we do a better job? In a year’s time, you want to be saying this artist is No. 1 all over the world and it’s because they did The X Factor. TV Guide Magazine: So are you done making changes to this panel?Cowell: When I did the first two days in Charleston, I was on a real high. I said that’s about as good as we’ve ever done. Loved the girls, it was fun, it was different, and it’s starting to feel like the show I’ve always wanted to make. I’m really happy. I think it will stay this way.Lovato: I actually think that he got happier and nicer as a person.Lopez: Well, when you’re hanging out with three beautiful women, you’re going to get happier.Cowell: They’re like dolphins – they put me in good mood.Lovato: Thanks.

Simon Cowell, Lauren Silverman Having a Baby Boy!

The X Factor judge and his pregnant girlfriend, New York City socialite Lauren Silverman, are expecting a baby boy, a source confirms to Us Weekly . (The New York Daily News was first to report the gender.) “They’ve known for a while!” one insider tells Us of the news that they’re having a son. PHOTOS: Sexy celeb dads As noted earlier on Sept. 3, the first-time dad-to-be actually got a glimpse of his little bundle of joy via a recent sonogram. “You literally see this thing which is now alive moving around,” the normally tough-talking Brit gushed to the Times of London on Sept. 2, one month after Us Weekly broke the news of Silverman’s pregnancy. PHOTOS: American Idol judges, then and now “I feel very paternal right now. So I am very happy,” he said. He added, though, that he wouldn’t let fatherhood change him too much. “I can assure you: I won’t go soft,” the former American Idol judge quipped. Cowell and Silverman began their relationship in secret while she was still married to Cowell’s friend Andrew Silverman. The estranged spouses settled their divorce a few weeks ago, on Aug. 14; together they have a son, 7-year-old Adam.

Rita Ora looks like shes headed to a Pittsburgh Steelers ball in this number. Instead, she sported it at the GQ Men of the Year Awards in London. DOING THE SPLITS Katy Perry can certainly give some much-needed relationship advice to Khloe Kardashian, who is living apart from hubby Lamar Odom due to his alleged drug abuse. Perry, who rebounded after a divorce from Russell Brand, held a Labor Day bash in Los Angeles, where Khloe was spotted having fun with friends and playing ping-pong. Perry, clad in sunflower-patterned short shorts and a top that showed off her abs, slurped down beers and puffed on an electronic cigarette. PHOTOS: KATY PERRY FOR VOGUE: KATY PERRY’S BODY OF WORK THE HONEYMOON IS NOT OVER This is what love looks like. Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish look like blissfully happy newlyweds as they land back in Los Angeles after their Montana wedding over the weekend. The cute couple held hands and put their arms around one another as they walked through LAX. Bosworth, 30, and Polish, 42, said their vows in front of 70 friends and family members at the Ranch at Rock Creek. diane cohen Thats Georgina Bloomberg, riding carefully, at the Hampton Classic Horse Show. A LOT RIDING ON THIS Most women would rein it in when theyre five months pregnant but not Mayor Bloombergs youngest, Georgina. The 30-year-old equestrian, who is expecting her first child in December with Argentinian horse rider Ramiro Quintana, was in the saddle again at a jumping competition at the Hampton Classic Horse Show on Sunday. Mayor Bloomberg was in the Grand Prix tents watching her; she came in third, a spy tells us.