If your lifeguard duties were as good as your singing, a lot of people would be drowning.— Simon Cowell
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When I was young and we got caught pinching apples, we got a smack from the local policeman. Today if that happened he would be sued. There is a tendency to punish the victim, not the criminal. If someone broke into my house or my mum's house, I worry that the burglar has more rights than me.
The end of the animal trade would leave more time to trap or beat to death pop star wannabes.
My advice would be if you want to pursue a career in the music business, don't.
Work hard, be patient, and be a sponge while learning your business.
Learn how to take criticism. Follow your gut instincts and don't compromise.
I suggest we bring some normality back to this country and say if you are carrying a knife, there must be zero tolerance. If it was up to me, everyone caught with a knife would get an automatic ten year sentence.
I think you have to judge everything based on your personal taste.
And if that means being critical, so be it. I hate political correctness. I absolutely loathe it.
The best way to kill someone is from the inside, by crushing their hopes and dreams.
Shave off your beard and wear a dress. You would be a great female impersonator.
My dad did teach me a very important lesson about people when he explained to me that everybody around you will have an invisible sign on their head, which says, "Make me feel important."
I never knew how much love and pride I would feel.
The object of this competition is not to be mean to the losers but to find a winner. The process makes you mean because you get frustrated.
It would hurt my feelings if I respected your opinions.
Harshness to me is giving somebody false hopes and not following through.
That's harsh. Telling some guy or some girl who've got zero talent that they have zero talent actually is a kindness.
My attitude is, if someone's going to criticize me, tell me to my face.
It was like orderin a hamburger and getting only the buns
Whether they run a record company or a grocery store, every boss will tell you you're in big trouble if you're borrowing more than you can ever afford to pay back. Delaying the pain for future generations is suicidal. We've got to start getting the deficit down right now, not next year.
The artists who endure are the ones who stay focused even after they have reached the top of their profession.
Linda McCartney sausages were my favorite.
Theyre much better than eating real sausages and you dont have to contemplate half way through exactly whats inside them. ... You can have them, a bit of fried bread, tinned tomatoes. Delicious.
I've never liked the idea you have to be a certain age to be a pop star.
I like the idea that anybody can enter, anybody can compete.
My proudest achievement has been the success of the shows and artists I have been involved with, because they were made in Britain.
Not everybody is perfect, and I don't think we should be looking for perfect people.
If you've got a big mouth and you're controversial, you're going to get attention.
I think that by ignoring the show you're ignoring the audience who put you there.
I think the best singers in the world, historically, are American.
Britain's got its fair share, as well, but some of the greatest singers, ever, whether you're talking about Whitney Houston or Mariah Carey or Aretha Franklin, are from the legacy here.
It was like orderin a hamburger and getting only the buns" (After Brooke White of season 7 on american idol sang the song 'Hero' by Mariah Carey)
You have an advantage if you win. I always think it's best to be remembered as a winner rather than as the runner-up. It's definitely more fun getting the gold than it is the silver.
You don't hate the mosquito; you just want it out of your face.
I have very good advice to give to kids this age, which is, you shouldn't listen to your mum or dad and you just have to work it out for yourself. And the reason I've taken the age range down this year, and I never would have done it 10 years ago, is what I've seen with the success of Willow Smith. You don't have to be so cutesy anymore.
You know what the secret to weight loss is? Don't eat much.
If I said to most of the people who auditioned, 'Good job, awesome, well done,' it would have made me actually look and feel ridiculous. It's quite obvious most of the people who turned up for this audition were hopeless.
I met someone the other night who's 28 years old, and he hasn't worked a day since he left college because he's pursuing a dream he'll never, ever realize: He thinks he's a great singer. Actually, he's crap.
What I'm interested in watching is to make sure that they give the right advice now to the contestants who are going forward because, you know, it's one thing just to criticize but you've got to also give, you know, good advice which is going to help them. Overall, I think they're a good panel.
The secret of my success is that I make other people money.
And, never, ever, be ashamed about trying to earn as much as possible for yourself, if the person you're working with is also making money. That's life!
My dad wasn't someone who was a great disciplinarian, we had a fun relationship, but he gave me really constructive advice in my life, which I still carry today and I do pass on to other people. So if I can have the same relationship with my son as I had with my dad, then I think he'll be very happy and I'll be very happy.
On one level, going bust didn't bother me.
It was the 80s, and there wasn't the stigma about bankruptcy that you might think. My mates weren't bothered. My dad was in business.. he knew that it happened, too. He loaned me the money to bail me out, and I got a loan from the bank to pay him back.
Praise a stranger with a few nice words and he becomes a stranger that calls you a friend.
I do a couple of hundred press-ups a day but I haven't been to a gym in years.
I don't think I can do this anymore.
The biggest shock when I lost it all was the realization that so much of my life had been out of my control. When I started to make the money back, I vowed that it would never happen again. I bought things only when I could afford them. There was no big mortgage, no cars on hire purchase. I remember buying a TR6 sports car for £6,000, and funnily enough it gave me more pleasure than the Porsche ever had.
So I would only feel guilt if I misled somebody who was terrible.
You are a saucy little thing aren't you?
Normally if I go to one of these things I'm in and out in five minutes, but at Pride of Britain I stay to the end. It's a fantastic show. But it's incredibly hard on the night when you meet all the kids and hear their stories. They do get to you.
You sounded like Dolly parton on helium.
" (After kristy lee cook of season 7 on american idol,sang her country rendition of the Beatles'"Eight Days A Week.)
Maybe I am a bit mad.
Anything I shouldn't laugh at makes me laugh.
If I tape an 11-hour day, guess which parts end up on air.
Not the bits when I'm pleasant, but the parts when I'm obnoxious.
I was slightly cynical of the American mentality before I came over here, but now I preach it. Here, no one's going to tear you down if you buy yourself a $300,000 car. They're likely to say: "Well, you probably worked hard for it. Good luck to you."
I honestly can't ever imagine retiring because I don't know what else I would do - even when I'm on holiday, 70% of the time I'm working. I think I'd like to go out on the job so, ideally, 'And the winner is... Ooooh, and he's gone!'
The feelings that we equate with love-feeling sick, feeling insecure, not eating-that's just lust getting in the way. It's your ego saying, 'I want to get laid' and 'I hope she likes me more than I like her.' Love is something that should be there in 20 years' time.