Si­mon was his sim­ple self as he trod Walk of Fame

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LOS ANGELES: Si­mon Cow­ell, once known as Mr Nasty of tal­ent show Amer­i­can Idol, was all smiles on Wed­nes­day when he got his own star on the Hol­ly­wood Walk of Fame.

Joined by Kelly Clark­son, the first Amer­i­can Idol win­ner, the Bri­tish tele­vi­sion and mu­sic mogul basked in the lime­light as he re­called his time as a re­al­ity show judge, record pro­ducer and cre­ator of long-run­ning fran­chises The X Fac­tor, Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent and Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent.

“It’s been a blast the past 18 years,” said the 58-year-old Cow­ell. “If any­one says fame is a bad thing, I don’t know what you’re talk­ing about. It’s the best thing in the world.”

Cow­ell be­came a house­hold name as a judge on Amer­i­can Idol from 20012010 thanks to his harsh cri­tiques of as­pir­ing singers, of­ten pref­aced with the line “I don’t mean to be rude, but…”

He went on to launch The X Fac­tor in Bri­tain and the United States, and the Bri­tish and US ver­sions of Got Tal­ent, as well as sign­ing boy band One Di­rec­tion and girl band Fifth Har­mony to his Syco record la­bel.

Clark­son said Cow­ell had a tal­ent for spot­ting au­then­tic peo­ple with raw tal­ent and de­vel­op­ing them.

“He ap­pre­ci­ates you be­ing your­self, and that’s very rare. In this in­dus­try I think peo­ple just want you to fit in to some­thing,” the Grammy-win­ning singer said. – Reuters

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Si­mon Cow­ell and his son Eric.

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