Not a lot has modified about The X Issue and Britain’s Bought Expertise over time; the standard combination of hopeful contestants, straight-talking judges and tear-jerking backstories mixed with the heady promise of potential fame and fortune has earned these failsafe codecs tens of millions of viewers – and a close to everlasting air of predictability.
If solely the identical may very well be stated of their creator.
An in any other case simple look at this yr’s pre-recorded Royal Selection efficiency on December 2 prompted extra undesirable questions than solutions, with many viewers left addressing the elephant Simon Cowell had inadvertently let into the room – particularly, his radically completely different options.
Then and now: Simon Cowell in an early publicity photograph from 2002 (L) and showing on America’s Bought Expertise in 2022 (R)
The music mogul, now 63, stunned these in attendance – and people watching – with a remarkably clean visage as he launched Britain’s Bought Expertise Winner Axel Blake at London’s Royal Albert Corridor.
Extra quizzical eyebrows had been raised simply days later, when Cowell’s face was curiously obscured by shadow as he eulogised about eight-year outdated son Eric throughout a distant look on ITV chat present Free Girls.
As soon as once more, followers had been prompted to query his vastly completely different visage – has he actually modified? Or is it simply our creativeness?
Worry not, MailOnline has the reply. Be a part of us as we solid a cautiously chronological look again on the many, many faces of Simon Cowell.
1985: Cowell’s dashing options turned loads of heads throughout an evening out with girlfriend Sinitta at London nightclub Legends
1987: The then little-known report producer regarded youthful and fresh-faced on this TV look from the late eighties
1990: Cowell seems to be good-looking whereas posing alongside his then girlfriend Sinitta, a continuing in his life, at a London occasion
1999: Cowell, aged 40, with Ray Hedges and Kate Thornton whereas judging the This Morning Boy Band Competitors
1994-2007: Cowell modelled a pair of round spectacles on the BRIT Awards in 1994 (L), whereas the enamel seemed to be slightly whiter in Britain’s Bought Expertise publicity photographs from 2007 (R)
2001: Cowell seems to be suave on Pop Idol, a prototype for The X Issue and the present that helped set up him as a family title
2001-2003: The mogul developed a status for delivering caustic remarks to hapless friends on Pop Idol following its launch (left, on the Pop Idol panel in 2001 and proper, attending the Love Really movie premiere in 2003)
Do not thoughts me: The pose is analogous however the face seems to be marginally completely different as Cowell poses for an X Issue publicity photograph in 2005 (L) and at an American Idol celebration in 2006 (R)
2012: Cowell as soon as once more instructions consideration whereas attending Britain’s Bought Expertise auditions in London’s Hammersmith
2014-2019: Cowell’s gleaming enamel seem to have been straightened and whitened over time (L-R at The X Think about 2014 and having fun with an evening out in 2019)
2015: Profession-smoker Cowell prepares to mild up a cigarette as he leaves a non-public perform in London
2015: The British star stepped out with some uncharacteristic facial hair simply two months later whereas launching The X Think about London
2021-22: Cowell seems to have misplaced weight over the past 12 months, whereas the strains that beforehand outlined his options have been smoothed out (L-R at America’s Bought Expertise Excessive and extra just lately in a Britain’s Bought Expertise social media publish)
2022: The music mogul raised eyebrows throughout his look on the Selection Membership Showbusiness Awards in November, the place he was accompanied by glamorous associate Lauren Silverman
2022: An in any other case simple look at this yr’s pre-recorded Royal Selection efficiency on December 2 prompted extra undesirable questions than solutions
2022: Extra quizzical eyebrows had been raised simply days later, when Cowell’s face was curiously obscured by shadow as he eulogised about eight-year outdated son Eric throughout a distant look on ITV chat present Free Girls