Simon Cowell Found Camila Cabello Crying Backstage On ‘X Factor’ Before Launching Her Career

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Camila Cabello is now one of the biggest stars in the music industry that got the chance of a lifetime auditioning for The X Factor in 2012. But at first, she didn’t even know if she would make it out onto the stage. It was Simon Cowell that made her dreams come true after finding her crying backstage. Let’s take a look back at her journey in honor of her 24th birthday.

Simon Cowell Made Camila Cabello’s ‘X Factor’ Audition Happen

Camila traveled to The X Factor auditions in Greensboro, North Carolina ready to share her singing talent with the world. Things took a bit of a turn when she was told by producers that she was a “reserve.” The show was running short on time which meant there was a possibility Camila would not have been able to audition at all.

A chance encounter with Simon backstage changed her life forever. “I went to have a cigarette in this arena and I passed this girl who was lying on the floor crying. And I thought maybe one of her brothers or sisters or whoever had auditioned because she was so upset” Simon told Variety.

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Simon was left shocked that the producers told Camila she was a reserve. She traveled there were her entire family and he was determined to get her up on the stage to sing. “‘What are you talking about?’ I’ve never heard of [a reserve] before but just go on now. I’m probably back in my seat in five minutes,'” he told her at the time. “And she comes down, auditions, and she blows the roof off. Literally, I mean that was it.”

Simon Knew The Young Singer Would Go On To Be A Star

Camila was put into a group with Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane and Lauren Jauregui that was later named Fifth Harmony. Simon knew from the group’s performance of “Anything Could Happen” that Camila was going to be a star.

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“I remember that performance and she really popped that night,” he said. “From that point on it was like, whatever happens, the group’s going to be successful, but she’s gonna blow up at the end of it.” Check out the video below where we rank Fifth Harmony as one of the best girl groups ever on a talent show.

They were mentored by Simon throughout the competition and finished in third place. Simon was a huge fan of the group and saw major potential. He signed them to Syco Records in a joint deal with L.A. Reid’s Epic Records. They toured the world and dominated the charts with their albums Reflection and 7/27 before Camila left the group in 2016.

Camila Cabello Has Had A Very Successful Solo Career

The Cuban-American singer sang “I Know What You Did Last Summer” with Shawn Mendes, and the smash hit “Bad Things” with Machine Gun Kelly before launching her successful solo career. She collaborated with Pitbull and J Balvin with the song “Hey Ma.”

After opening up for Bruno Mars on tour multiple times in 2017, Camila topped the charts with her song “Havana.” It became the best-selling single of 2018.

In 2019, Camila had another chart-topper on her hands collaborating with Shawn Mendes for the song “Señorita.” She even got love out of the deal and the two are now happily in a relationship.

Now fans are buzzing with birthday love and wishes for Camila.

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After two studio albums and three Grammy nominations, Camila is one of the most successful artists to come out of The X Factor. We are wishing her a happy birthday and are eager to see what she does next.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Samantha Agate
Samantha Agate

Samantha Agate is a contributor and host for Talent Recap on YouTube with a previous byline at The Blast. She graduated from Hunter College in 2019 with a degree in Media Studies and a Concentration in Journalism. When she isn't binge-watching reality television shows or binge-eating fried food, she loves hanging out with her friends and family and petting puppies.

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