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David Walliams persuades Simon Cowell to join Keri, a 43-year-old contestant on Britain's Got Talent, on stage.

Simon Cowell gets up on stage for dance on Britain's Got Talent

Simon Cowell looks like he lapped up the attention after David Walliams dragged him on stage for a dance with one of the contestants from Britain's Got Talent.

Simon Cowell and David Walliams are 'to wed' for Comic Relief

Simon Cowell 'couldn't care less' if people think he is gay

TV mogul Simon Cowell has insisted that he "couldn't care less" if people think that he is gay - and admitted that he hires some women because he fancies them.

Simon Cowell has risen to fame by cultivating the image of “Mr Nasty” and “most recognisable face”

Simon Cowell 'uncomfortable' about 'exploitative' TV shows Britain's Got Talent and X Factor

TV mogul Simon Cowell has admitted that there are moments on his TV shows - often accused of being exploitative - which make him feel "uncomfortable".

Rumer and Sandie Shaw

Sandie Shaw hits out at music industry dominated by Simon Cowell

Sixties singer Sandie Shaw has complained that some of the best music is going unheard because artists who do not have the kind of privileged background enjoyed by Mumford & Sons are struggling to make it.

Simon Cowell has launched a new talent contest You Generation

Simon Cowell plans hands-on return to 'my baby' X Factor

Simon Cowell has said he will have a more hands-on role on The X Factor as he considers it to be his "baby".

Simon Cowell has confirmed there will be changes to this year's X Factor

X Factor in working men's clubs? Simon Cowell confirms talent show shake-up

Simon Cowell has confirmed there will be format changes to this year’s X Factor.

One Direction performing at The Brit Awards, Show, O2 Arena, London

One Direction to launch Simon Cowell's online talent hunt The You Generation

Chart stars One Direction are to launch Simon Cowell's latest worldwide talent hunt with a live online interview.

Haatchi: He might not be a cuddly puppy or a lovely labrador, but this Anatolian shepherd dog has a heart of gold (despite, sob, losing his leg and tail after being tied to train tracks). He’s the constant companion of seven-year-old Owen Hopkins, who suffers from a rare genetic condition. If Haatchi doesn’t sound angelic enough, he and Owen spend their spare time raising money for a number of charities. Give that dog a bone.

Cutest at Crufts and beyond: It's the dogs of awwwwww...

As three-legged hound Haatchi wins the  people’s prize at Crufts, how do these celebrated cute canines compare to our hairy hero?

Britain's Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon

Alesha Dixon steps out for domestic abuse victims

Talent show judge Alesha Dixon took a walk in the sun this morning as part of a campaign supporting women affected by domestic violence, as it was revealed two women are killed by current or former partners every week in England and Wales - but she refused to comment on Rihanna's reconciliation with Chris Brown.

Simon Cowell has launched a new talent contest You Generation

The You Generation: Simon Cowell launches year-long global talent hunt via YouTube

TV and music mogul Simon Cowell is to launch a global talent search online allowing people to show off remarkable skills - with video auditions on YouTube.

Food Glorious Food

Food Glorious Food: Simon Cowell's edible answer to the X Factor is a ratings flop

Simon Cowell’s Food Glorious Food has become the TV producer’s lowest-rating debut show ever.

Ant McPartlin is one half of duo Ant and Dec with Declan Donnelly

Ant McPartlin reveals he and his wife are having 'a tough time' trying to have a baby

TV star Ant McPartlin has revealed that he and his wife have been struggling to have a child.

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One Direction: 'Our mums went crazy about all the tattoos'

Pop idols One Direction have revealed their mothers have been getting the needle over their dedication to tattoos.

Pudsey The Movie starring the Britain's Got Talent dog to hit cinemas next Christmas

Britain's Got Talent winners Ashleigh Butler and her performing dog Pudsey are heading for the big screen in a film about their rise to success.

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