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Simon Cowell Reveals That Camila Cabello Wasn’t Supposed to Audition for ‘The X Factor’

Simon Cowell and Camila Cabello at the Music Industry Trust AwardsPhoto by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

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Ahead of Camila Cabello’s The Voice debut, Simon Cowell revealed a major detail about her time on The X Factor. As many know, Cabello rose to fame on the competition show as part of the girl group Fifth Harmony, but apparently she wasn’t supposed to audition… Here’s the scoop.

It’s no secret that Simon Cowell is one of the most recognized faces on talent shows worldwide. He’s been seen at the judging panel on several series, but is often remembered as the rude judge on American Idol. Following his time on American Idol, he worked as a judge and producer on The X Factor.

Camila Cabello Wasn’t Supposed to Audition for The X Factor

Cowell recently reminisced on his X Factor days, by revealing that Cabello wouldn’t have had an audition without him. According to the talent show mogul, he found Cabello crying backstage because she was too late to her audition because she was a reserve. Within the interview, he acknowledged that he didn’t know what a reserve meant.

“I said to her, ‘Well, I’m one of the producers, you just got an audition,’ and you know, when those moments work, and seeing Camilla today or Harry Styles, Leona Lewis, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, there’s been so many times luckily where I’ve been there at that moment where their career is going to go in a completely different direction. If we didn’t have those things happen, then there’d be no point making the shows,” Cowell said.


It’s clear that Cowell is proud of where Cabello has went in the music industry in present day. Even though she didn’t pass her initial audition as a solo performer, she was still able to find fame. As you may remember, she was apart of the hit girl group Fifth Harmony. Since leaving the girl group, Cabello has led a successful solo career.

Cabello is set to make her debut on The Voice this fall. Earlier this week, she announce Charlie Puth as her knockout round advisor. Due to her upbringings on The X Factor, Puth described the singer as a “motherly” coach.

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