Apparently, the 45-year-old music mogul, who has been dubbed television’s “Mr. Nasty,” has a heart after all, as he was seen getting very emotional during the X-Factor auditions in early July. The performance that caused Simon Cowell to get all teary-eyed was that of singer Josh Daniel, who performed his rendition of Labrinth’s Jealous as a tribute to his friend that died at the young age of 18 in 2003.
“I lost my best friend a couple of years ago and I interpret the lyrics in a completely different way,” Daniel told the judges during his audition in Manchester.
After Josh’s performance, Simon was seen with tears in his eyes, glancing towards his fellow judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, appearing to indicate that she should lead off with the feedback for his audition, the Evening Standard reports.
“That was the most captivated I’ve been in all the auditions so far,” Cheryl said before getting up to give Josh a hug.
While it is pretty unusual to see the normally outspoken, straight-forward judge crying, there was apparently a genuine reason for the song tugging at his heartstrings.
According to a previous report by the Inquisitr, Simon Cowell’s mother Julie Brett died on July 5 at the age of 89, leaving him completely “heartbroken.” The X-Factor auditions were originally postponed, but Simon ended up going back two days later, still recovering from his mother’s death.
“Today our beloved mum Julie passed away,” a spokesperson for the family said at the time. “Anyone who had met her would know what a truly special and kind lady she was. We are heartbroken and will miss her terribly, but she is now at peace.”
“She had been ill for a very long time. It really happened last year and it was a tough period,” Simon Cowell said during an interview several weeks later, according to Hello Magazine.
Of course, all three judges, including Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw, gave Josh a “yes” vote, meaning that he will get to continue to the next round of the competition.
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