"If you look at the track record it's incredible": Simon Cowell reveals the secrets behind The X Factor's longevity

James Hanley

Simon Cowell greets Music Week warmly in his dressing room-cum-office at West London’s LH2 Studios. The former BMG A&R guru was once a regular in these pages, at least up until his mainstream break as television’s resident “Mr Nasty” on Pop Idol in the early 2000s when Cowell’s withering assessments of deluded wannabes made for instant TV gold and turned him into the most famous music exec on the planet.  

Despite a long day of rehearsals, planning and perfecting ...

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