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Cowell talks babies on Jay Leno

Simon Cowell has appeared on the Jay Leno show to discuss his impending fatherhood, and also revealed some of his regrets as a music executive.

The chat show host presented the US X Factor judge with a mini-me outfit for his baby so he could dress him to look just like himself, with high-waisted jeans, a white t-shirt and sun glasses.

Simon laughed: "I love that. The little sunglasses. I like that." Asked about baby names he said: "We'll probably name it something beginning with S. Simon is the only name I can come up with at the moment that I like."

The 54-year-old music mogul also revealed his biggest regret was not signing the Spice Girls, who were managed by his rival, Pop Idol creator Simon Fuller.

Simon said: "The Spice Girls was probably my biggest mistake. I knew they were going to be big, but I was too late with the deal and they didn't want to sign to me. That kinda hurt at the time."

And TV's Mr Nasty branded Westlife "the ugliest boyband in the world" as he discussed his decision not to sign them to his record label the first time he met them

Simon said: "When they first came along, they were the ugliest boyband in the world. Seriously, like you couldn't get uglier.

"I said to the manager at the time, 'Forget it!' And then he re-auditioned and one of the ugly ones dyed his hair blonde for the second time I saw them and he got back into the group.

"I didn't recognise him but it all worked out fine and they sold about 50 million albums."

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