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Simon Cowell's First Television Appearance Was Quite Something

Simon Cowell's First Television Appearance Was Quite Something

Simon Cowell is a fairly recognisable bloke and personality these days, what with X Factor being the controversial cash cow that it is. But way back when, long before he was forcing the questionable singing voices of reality talent show contestants on us, he was quite different.

Appearing on the Channel 4 show Right to Reply in 1987 he had similar mannerisms (cue hand movements) and a similar yet more subdued attitude towards everything that he has nowadays. However, fresh-faced and in his 20s, his voice was totally different. Almost like he was having his balls squeezed right after he'd inhaled a helium balloon.

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There was none of that "I don't like it, I love it" bollocks going on then, but he and his friend did feel rather strongly about a controversial TV debate about sex.

"We actually thought the thing was a joke it was so bad and as we began to go through the show we realised that these people were actually being serious," young Cowell says, channeling his inner savagery at an early age. "If you're going to talk about sex you might as well make it informative and at least interesting and when we showed a video to our friends everybody agreed it was one of the most boring videos we'd ever seen in our lives."

Overall he seems pretty pleasant on the show, but that's presumably because he was yet to harness the current power he has as a dream crusher. The money he has now probably makes him feel untouchable too, to be fair.

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Topics: Simon Cowell

Mark McGowan

Mark is a journalist at LADbible, who joined in 2015 after a year as a freelance writer. In the past he blogged for independent football fan channel Redmen TV, after graduating from Staffordshire University with degrees in journalism and English literature. He has worked on campaigns such as UOKM8? and IIOC.