And he was not popular during the Six Chair Challenge either, as the audience booed a few of his decisions – prompting fellow judge Rita Ora called Cowell “rude”.
In Saturday’s (4 October) show, there were tears aplenty as she managed to whittle her 16 girls down to just six, ahead of the next stage of the Judges’ Houses.
Among a number of acts hoping to impress Rita will be 17-year-old student Charli Beard, 21-year-old sales assistant Havva Rebke and 25-year-old dental receptionist Lauren Murray. “You were better the first time, but if it was me, I would give you a chair”.
When Rita announced that Karen would be giving up her seat, things got very awkward.
I don’t think I was ready last year, but going home and not getting a chair this year, that scares me.
The Six Chair Challenge may be a fairly recent addition to the X Factor but it already has one key rule: if we haven’t seen your life story, your nan and your mid-sob hug with Olly Murs in the audition rounds, you will not make it through to Judges’ Houses.
Caroline – who split from music manager Jack Street earlier this year – has previously admitted she fancied Olly.
Simon Cowell: “My heart goes out to you”.
England’s do or die Rugby World Cup clash with Australia is live in the usual X Factor slot on Saturday. If only she knew, eh?
Ella Henderson won over the whole public when she performed her own original song at her first “X Factor” audition.
Kiera was rewarded with a seat by Girls mentor Rita Ora after belting out Whitney Houston’s classic I Will Always Love You. Will it be enough for her to go through to the next round? “How do you make Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect” even more sassy? “It wasn’t a ideal vocal, Sophie, but I could see how hard you fought”. However, she decided not to give the Darlington contestant a chair.
D’awwww. “Winning battle of the bands really showed me that’s what I wanted to do”.
She said: “My mum used to sing this song to me”. This performance could change everything for me and my daughter.