Simon Cowell opens up about the death of his mother

His recent audition tears were for his mum.

by Maria Vallahis |
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Last weekend Simon Cowell got tearful during the audition of Josh Daniels on The X Factor.

X Factor hopeful Josh sang a very emotive version of Labrinth's *Jealous, *during which the camera panned to Simon as he started tearing up.


After the audition, the music mogul couldn't speak and turned to fellow judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, who was also crying, to take over for a minute.

Now the 55-year-old has revealed he was thinking about his late mother, Julie, during Josh's performance.

Speaking to Loose Women's Ruth Langsford and Jane Moore, Simon said: "It was quite near when it all happened and I think it was the last audition and I wasn't really expecting what happened."

He added: "And of course the lyric of the song and it was quite difficult because I thought, 'God this is going to be really hard to sit through this.'

"But then you've got to think of [Josh] and it's his moment, but yes it was very emotional."

Simon also spoke of how Julie was a big fan of the ITV singing show.

"She was a huge fan of the show, she loved the show, which sort of made the decision, 'When do you go back to work on something like this?' because it's hard and it really was what I thought she would have said to me which was, 'No 100% you've got to go back to work.'"

X Factor audion styles:


X Factor London auditions outfits

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Rochelle Humes

Mrs Humes looked amazing in her crisp white Iris + Ink playsuit teamed with leg-lengthening heels and a chic pony

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Rochelle Humes

Looking like she's stepped straight out of a '90s girl band in her cool American Apparel dungarees

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Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Chezza's loving her retro '60s vibes during the auditions so far, and her cute Miu Miu shift and matching pink heels look gorge on her

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Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Cheryl's Adam Lippes tuxedo dress may cost over £1k, but that's nothing compared to a lifetime of dry cleaning bills. Just beware of Nando's, eh Chez?

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Rita Ora

B*Witched would be soooo jealous of these denim co-ords. Rita continues to show off her risky fash sense on the red carpet

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Rita Ora

Poor Rita must've accidentally got stuck in a door or been attacked by a pack of dogs on the way to the auditions. We can think of no other possible explanation for that missing sleeve

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Caroline Flack

Working Beatnik chic in a cute striped top and leather mini

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Caroline Flack

Caz doesn't half love a boyish short and shirt combo. She picked up these snakey platforms for just £52 from Toppers!

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