One Direction’s success makes Simon Cowell “emotional”.
The music mogul was responsible for putting the five-piece boyband together after they all auditioned separately during The X Factor in 2010. And Simon says having witnessed the boys grow from unknowns to the world’s most famous popstars has been a proud journey for him. Speaking about going to watch One Direction perform at Los Angeles’ Rose Bowl the night before, Simon told the FT magazine: “A mile before we got there, they’d closed the roads off and we were allowed through the police barricades. That’s when I felt the effect that five people have had on California from a show we made in the UK. Having a cigarette with the boys a few minutes before they went on was emotional, it was a good feeling,” he shared.
‘Having a cigarette with the boys a few minutes before they went on was emotional, it was a good feeling’
“That kind of success isn’t going to happen every year but it might just happen again. That’s what it’s about – you go in there thinking, ‘I hope it does.’”
Simon also revealed that putting One Direction together and seeing their success is something he finds the most exciting event of his career.
And not even the knowledge that he is one of the most famous moguls on the small screen can eclipse that feeling.
“I was dragged kicking and screaming onto TV in the first place,” Simon said. “I’m not going to deny that I’ve liked it. I mean, I’ve had a great time. There are definitely more pluses than minuses to it, and there is quite a buzz when people recognise you. But if I’m being honest, it’s more of a buzz being part of One Direction than being on television,” he explained.
“I always say to my staff when we sit in creative meetings, beating ourselves up, ‘One good idea a year can pay for the next 10.’ I was at the Rose Bowl, looking down at the crowd that was watching my group. I felt like I’d really used my brain, rather than being a d**khead on an American TV show.”
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