Simon Cowell has always been quite the ladies man. We have seen so many montages on shows like American Idol, America’s Got Talent, and The X Factor of contestants that have professed their love for the entertainment mogul. But, it had us thinking if there were celebrities that also have a crush on Simon. Here are the 12 celebrities that have publicly admitted that they have a crush on the king of talent competitions.
What Makes ‘America’s Got Talent’ Judge Simon Cowell So Crushable?
Simon is obviously a millionaire and has tons of money and properties, but is that the only thing that appeals to other people? Is it his infamous brutal critiques, charming personality or tight clothes that have all of these celebrities crushing? Let’s take a deep dive and find out.
1. Former ‘American Idol’ Judge Nicki Minaj
Simon Cowell was previously trying to recruit Nicki Minaj to be a judge on The X Factor in 2011. The pair met in person to discuss her possibility of being on the show. “I love Simon very dearly,” she told MTV News. “He’s such an amazing man. I had the pleasure of meeting him, and my life will never be the same, darling. I told him that. I was absolutely in love with him prior to meeting him, and now that I’ve met him, it’s like I dream about him every night.”
Simon also had rave reviews for Nicki after meeting her. “We spoke to Nicki actually about a lot of projects,” he said. “It wasn’t specifically about ‘X Factor,’ but we were just very interested to meet her. I’m a big fan of hers. So I don’t know if it’s gonna be this show or something in the future, but it was definitely somebody I wanted to meet.”
2. Britain’s Next Top Model Host Elle MacPherson
Gorgeous supermodel Elle Macpherson also openly admitted to having a crush on Simon. The Britain’s Next Top Model host said she often drives past his house. “I have a crush on Simon Cowell, I do, I really do – and every time I drive past his house I say to the boys, ‘That’s Simon Cowell’s house, that’s Simon Cowell’s house,’ she said in an interview. “And they go, ‘Mum, don’t say it again!’. We come up to the corner of his house, and they go, ‘Please Mum, don’t say it!'” she added. The pair actually have had a face to face run-in before. “I flirted with him – he didn’t flirt back. Simon, why didn’t you flirt back?” she asked jokingly. They do have a four-inch height difference so maybe that’s why Simon was so dismissive of this crush.
3. ‘American Idol’ Winner Jordin Sparks
Jordin Sparks won season six of American Idol in 2007 when Simon was a judge. She was just 17 years old when she competed not he show, and was the youngest winner ever. “I think there was a time when I had a crush on Simon, but it was when I used to watch the show, not when I was on it,” she said in an interview. “He doesn’t care about hurting people’s feelings and doesn’t hold back with that he says. For some reason, that’s so attractive.”
4. ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Competitor NeNe Leakes
NeNe Leakes has always been pretty outright about her crush on Simon. “He’s my celebrity crush,” the Real Housewives of Atlanta star told TVGuide.com. “Nothing is wrong with a man with a tight shirt and a cigarette. I love it. And outspoken? Love.” NeNe has also competed on Dancing With The Stars and had a recurring role on Glee, so maybe Simon could hook her up with an entertainment deal in the future.
5. ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ Star Susan Boyle
Simon Cowell is pretty much responsible for putting singer Susan Boyle on the map. She competed on season three of Britain’s Got Talent. She said that she “fancied Simon like the rest of the country.” While she had a major crush on Simon, she did have an even bigger crush on someone else. Susan fell in love with judge Piers Morgan. “I’d choose him over Simon Cowell because he has such a lovely baby face,” she said. Do you guys agree?
6. Former ‘X Factor’ Judge Britney Spears
Britney Spears joined Simon on the judging panel for The US version of The X Factor. A source close to Britney said, “Britney loves Simon – she’s had a crush on him for years.” Her fiance at the time was fully aware of her crush but trusted that the pair would keep it strictly business. They did not pursue anything outside of their working relationship.
7. Actress Megan Fox
Megan Fox is literally the definition of hot. But shockingly in 2009, she publicly said she had a crush on Simon. “Simon is hot” Megan said. “It’s the whole mean, powerful, British gent kind of thing.” At the time Megan was with husband Brian Austin Green whom she has since split from. She is now publicly in a relationship with rapper Machine Gun Kelly.
8. Simon Cowell’s Fellow ‘BGT’ Judge David Walliam’s
You’re probably like what? Well it’s no secret that fellow Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams has quite the bromance with Simon. But is it anything more? David admitted his crush on Simon during an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show. “I like to make him squirm… It’s hard not to have a bit of a crush on him, he is a star so you get quite excited when he is around” he said. Well, they do share a judging panel together and spend a lot of time hanging out so it’s pretty safe to say Simon is irresistible to this comedian.
9. Singer Jessie J
Jessie J was asked on Twitter who her celebrity crush was and she said “Simon Cowell.” She did not give an explanation. However, at the time, both Simon and Jessie were in the media because people speculated that they were both gay. It seems like Jessie was trying to make light of the situation and claim that she has a crush on the America’s Got Talent judge.
10. ‘X Factor’ Judge Kelly Rowland
Kelly Rowland has worked closely with Simon on The X Factor. This led her to develop quite the crush on him. During her appearance on The Wendy Williams Show, she spread some love for him. “Simon is wonderful,” she said. “You think he’s sexy as do I,” she said to host Wendy William’s who agreed. It was her first time speaking of the crush publicly. She also said that Simon’s winks are simply irresistible.
11. ‘BGT’ Judge Amanda Holden
In 2008 Amanda Holden professed that she had a crush on Simon after the pair began working together on Britain’s Got Talent. “I have got a crush on him. It’s a bizarre thing. I recently read that Cheryl Cole never thought that she would (fancy him) and she did. He has this charisma and charm which you can’t fight. And if you want to be crass with him, you can’t,” she said. Amanda was definitely under Simon’s spell but it seems like it is just strictly a business relationship. In 2018, David Walliam’s made a joke on air that Simon and Amanda had hooked up. The pair were both visibly angry. Maybe this is some jealously coming from David.
12. Former ‘American Idol’ Judge Paula Abdul
Of course, what would this countdown be without talking about Simon’s ultimate crush Paula Abdul. The pair were very cozy flirting together during American Idol. They even kissed on-air multiple times. Though Paula has denied the relationship multiple times, the proof is in the videos. Paula said Simon is like a brother to her, but the pair definitely seems a little more intimate than that. Let’s be real, their flirting and pretending to hate each other was the definition of having a crush.
You probably noticed that a lot of these celebrities confessed their crushes years ago. Simon is definitely a new man now that he has taken on fatherhood and has been in a longterm relationship with partner Lauren Silverman. Also let us know down below, who is your celebrity crush?