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Simon Cowell's Judges' Houses spooked by ghost

Simon Cowell believes an other-worldly presence was with him as he selected which of his category will make it through to the live X Factor final.

Simon Cowell is adamant the chateau where he shot his Judges' Houses section of The X Factor was haunted.

The music mogul brought along One Direction heartthrob Louis Tomlinson to help him pick which of six hopefuls should become his final three and make it through to the live shows. The decision was made at Château de Candes in Candes-Saint-Martin, France, earlier this month (Oct15) and will be aired this weekend, with the hopefuls in his Overs category discovering who has been selected live. At one point Simon and Louis saw a grey figure strutting past a window as hopeful Anton Stephans was performing, and a window then unexpectedly opened. Everyone on set was so spooked filming was halted, with Simon clear on what happened.

"I know it’s haunted," he is quoted as saying by Britain's The Mirror newspaper. "I saw it.”

Simon's partner Lauren Silverman was with him at the property and was reportedly so terrified she insisted she wasn't left alone. The news soon spread, with Xtra Factor host Rochelle Humes asking her make-up artist to sleep in her bedroom to help calm her nerves.

"Last year we had a Russian stay and he felt a ¬definite presence," château owner Monique Pignet said. “He said it was the spirit of a man and it was strong around the tower and what we call the arena."

It seems Simon has some experience of dealing with ghoulish creatures as he's felt a presence before. The 56-year-old claims to have dealt with a ghost in his own home, although he was sure it was a friendly apparition so he wasn't too concerned.

"The bedroom door was open and every night you would hear ‘knock knock’ as loud as that," he recalled. "I was thinking, ‘There has to be a reason,’ but there wasn’t so I am convinced it was a ghost."

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