Simon Cowell leaves fans BAFFLED as he debuts ‘different’ look in new photo

He looks totally different!

Simon Cowell

by Alex Ross |
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This year's Britain's Got Talent auditions got off to a great start in London yesterday (Friday 18th January), when Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams all reunited alongside hosts Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly.

As well as Ant getting very emotional when Dec welcomed him back to the show, fans noticed something 'different' about Simon Cowell, after a photo of him from the auditions emerged online.

BGT judge and The Greatest Dancer host Alesha Dixon posted a photo of the gang back together, but it wasn't long before fans commented, asking why Simon looks so different. Alesha wrote, 'Now we're back together"@bgt 🇬🇧'.

One fan wrote, 'OMG what has Simon done?', with another adding, 'Simon Cowell looks so different to normal!' [sic]

Another shocked fan then wrote, 'Omg Simon you look completely different.'

Simon was last on our TV screens back in December when he appeared as a judge on the 2018 series of The X Factor. Since then, the 59-year-old has been enjoying time with his wife Lauren Silverman and his four-year-old son Eric.

Simon Cowell
©Simon Cowell © Getty Images

Meanwhile, after Ant and Dec delighted fans with a selfie on the way to the Britain's Got Talent auditions yesterday, Ant got very emotional during his first day back at work.

Speaking to the crowd, Dec said, "We've got a bunch of acts backstage who are eager to get out here and perform for you. The judges are back, the buzzers are back... and someone else is back. My co-host for this series, would you please welcome - Mr Ant McPartlin!"

As Ant appeared on stage, the 43-year-old said, "Oh god, I'm really, really emotional now. I've missed you all." Ant then turned to Dec and said, "As for you! I've missed you," before the pair hugged it out on stage.

Turning to the crowd, Ant added, "What a lovely welcome. What a great show to come back to. I'm thrilled, I'm over the moon. Shall we crack on before I cry?"

Check out the best celebrity throwback photos from 2009:


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Cheryl1 of 15


Ah, 2009. When tiaras were the ultimate accessory.

Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly2 of 15

Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly

Okay, so now we feel old.

Simon Cowell3 of 15

Simon Cowell

Pretty much the same, tbh.

Holly Willoughby4 of 15

Holly Willoughby

Pregnant Holly was rockin' some emo black eyeliner at the 2009 BRITs.

Kylie Jenner5 of 15

Kylie Jenner

12-year-old Kylie was a fan of the full fringe back then. SAME, babes.

Kim Kardashian6 of 15

Kim Kardashian

Who knew Kim K was into rock back in 2009? Move over, Gene Simmons.

Ariana Grande7 of 15

Ariana Grande

16-year-old Ari didn't discover ponytails for a few more years.

Justin Bieber8 of 15

Justin Bieber

Two words: THAT FRINGE.

Kendall Jenner9 of 15

Kendall Jenner

Can we discuss how fresh-faced 14-year-old Kendall Jenner looks?

Caitlyn Jenner10 of 15

Caitlyn Jenner

Caitlyn owned her transition in an inspirational post about the #10yearchallenge, saying: "Now THAT is a #10YearChallenge Be authentic to yourself ud83dudc9c."

Phillip Schofield11 of 15

Phillip Schofield

Is Phillip Benjamin Button or something? The chap's ageing in REVERSE.

Selena Gomez12 of 15

Selena Gomez


Taylor Swift13 of 15

Taylor Swift

Taylor in 2009, way before she met a certain One Direction member or Kanye West.

Caroline Flack14 of 15

Caroline Flack

So indie, hun.

Victoria Beckham15 of 15

Victoria Beckham

Posh Spice said Goodbye (pun very much intended) to her famous 'Pob' hairstyle in 2009 and went for a more drastic black pixie crop.

With auditions taking place right now, the brand new series of Britain's Got Talent is expected to return to our TV screens in the coming months.

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