The former 63-year-old host of “The X Factor” wants to bring back the popular reality music competition show, which ran for 3 seasons and last aired in 2013.
“I like working with groups, and there aren’t that many groups at the moment, and we found some great groups on that show,” Cowell told Access Hollywood. “And it was like, yeah, I would do it just for that reason.”
“I think about 24 hours ago, I came to a decision. Literally, I was thinking on my own, if I had a choice, I would do it (in the US).”
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“I was thinking about ‘Fifth Harmony,’ I was thinking about Camila (Cabello), and I was just thinking about how much fun we had,” Cowell revealed.
Cabello, the now 25-year-old singer-songwriter, achieved success on “The X Factor” after a failed solo audition, in which the TV personality willed her to the stage.
“She wasn’t really supposed to audition,” Cowell explained. “I happened to go backstage and I saw her crying, asked her why she was crying, and she said, you know, it was too late for her to audition because she was a reserve.
Cowell told the crying singer, “Well, I’m one of the producers, you just got an audition.”
Cabello went on to release the critically-acclaimed single “Havana” in 2018.
Fifth Harmony placed third during the show’s second season in 2012. The all-female group released platinum-certified “Work From Home” in 2016.
Other well-known artists have also found success through “The X Factor,” like Harry Styles and One Direction, who finished in third place on the UK edition of the show in 2010.
Styles auditioned alone in 2010 before being eliminated and, like Cabello, joined a group to keep the dream alive.
“I remember his audition like it was yesterday,” Cowell told Extra in August. “He was very charming, he was very confident, he was very funny, and I liked him … You never forget those moments and, like I said, genuinely if we weren’t making people’s careers successful, I would never be making these shows today.”