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Simon Brings Fiancée To X Factor Premiere Despite Break Up Rumors

Sep 15, 2011 11:35 AM

Simon Cowell had a smokin' hot time at The X Factor premiere with girlfriend Mezghan Hussainy despite rumors that the two had called off their engagement.

X17online caught up with the reality show's main man at the ArcLight Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles Wednesday night, and we asked him if he was still dating the 38-year-old makeup artist.

Simon looked confused, turning around and pointing down the red carpet towards Mezghan.

The question shouldn't have come as a big surprise, as last week Simon told Howard Stern: “I'm not sure [if we're still engaged]. I get embarrassed talking about things." After opening his admittedly big mouth, the 51-year-old said he wanted to keep his relationship private from here on out.

Reports have also surfaced that Mezghan has moved out of Simon's Beverly Hills mansion and into one of his nearby properties. "Yes, she is living here. She is here now," a member of the house staff told the Mirror.

Mezghan also did not wear her engagement ring to the premiere last night, as seen in the pic below. However, the two put on a united front throughout the evening.

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The X Factor Preview Promises Talent And Drama

Jul 12, 2011 08:30 PM

At long last, we get a sneak peek at Simon Cowell's highly-anticipated new show, The X Factor -- and Cheryl Cole is completely cut out of it.

The promo premiered tonight on Fox during the MLB All-Star game, and it looks like there's some major talent about to make it big. Judges Antonio "L.A." Reid and Nicole Scherzinger, Cole's replacement, also show us their stuff in the ad.

X Factor judge Paula Abdul said of shooting the commercial with Cowell: “Simon says that I inspired him for the whole idea. I don’t know what that means. I don’t know if it is a compliment or an insult. It’s probably an insult, but it was funny. We were laughing very hard.”




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BREAKING NEWS - Nicole Scherzinger Replaces Cheryl Cole On X Factor

May 25, 2011 08:35 PM

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Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, who was originally set to be a co-host of the US version of Simon Cowell's talent competition show X Factor, will now REPLACE British pop star Cheryl Cole as a judge on the show, according to TMZ.

Cole's English accent was a concern, according to the report, and other reports speculate her judging duties for the UK version of the show, not to mention her singing career, may have caused scheduling conflicts.

Fellow judges Cowell, L.A. Reid and Paula Abdul will continue on with their duties while Steve Jones will host the show solo now, as Scherzinger moves to the judges' table.

No official word yet on why Cole, 27, was let go. The singer had already taped several audition shows with the cast. The show is set to air in September.




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Will Simon Cowell And His Fiancee EVER Get Married?

May 14, 2011 12:30 PM

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X Factor boss Simon Cowell has been engaged to Mezhgan Hussainy since February of last year and we're beginning to wonder if these two are ever going to actually get married!

We spotted the pair leaving Cecconi's Italian restaurant after a romantic dinner ... maybe they were doing some wedding planning over candlelight?

A year-long engagement in Hollywood time is like 3 years in regular-people time. These LA-types usually get engaged during a vacay in Cabo, hire wedding planner Mindy Weiss, and exchange "I do"'s within a time span of about 6 months at the most!

Hussainy, 36, and Cowell, 51, dated for almost a year before Simon popped the question and they had met years before that. So what's the hold-up? It's likely Simon's work is getting in the way. X Factor - produced and staring Cowell - launches in the fall and Simon only just finished locking in his panel of judges ... the night before the first audition was taped last Saturday!

Of course you know the list by now ... Paula Abdul's back together with Simon, British pop sensation Cheryl Cole, Pussycat Dolls' Nicole Scherzinger, and record label honcho L.A. Reid will be making and breaking the careers of the new talent the team will travel around the U.S. to find. Between The Voice, American Idol and X Factor what will YOU be watching?




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X17 LIVE - X Factor Auditions Begin, Judges Start Work

May 8, 2011 12:23 PM

X17 is LIVE at the first taping of The X Factor with the newly-announced judges' panel cast including American Idol alum Paula Abdul, UK pop star Cheryl Cole, Def Jam head honcho L.A. Reid, Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, UK presenter Steve Jones, and the group's boss, Simon Cowell.

The judges will file into the Galen Center at the University of Southern Califonia in LA to preside over the first round of auditions. The format's simple -- X Factor judges scour the country for fresh talent, put them on broadcast airwaves, and choose a winner. The competition is open to solo artists and groups and there is no age limit, unlike with American Idol.

Each judge is assigned to a category of competitors ranging from individuals over 25, boys under 25, girls under 25, and groups and serves as a mentor. According to Cowell’s description of the show, the judges have a stake in the ultimate winner since they will be mentoring the winners. He told People Magazine that he wants tension between the judges: “I liked the Idol panel when we first started. We had different opinions, and I think it’s important you have different opinions."

So what's the prize? The winner receives a recording contract for $5 million. Not bad!




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