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Wednesday 2 December 2015

When one Simon Cowell is not enough

Published 10/05/2014

Contestant Simon Cowell meets his more famous namesake on Britain's Got Talent
Contestant Simon Cowell meets his more famous namesake on Britain's Got Talent

There is a double dose of Simon Cowell on Britain's Got Talent when the showbiz supremo comes face to face with his namesake.

The other Simon - a 37-year-old singer from Northumberland - tries to impress the judges with his version of When You Tell Me That You Love Me by Diana Ross and tel ls his more famous namesake: " It's an honour to have this name.

"I just feel like I'm meant to be on the stage in some way, it's just my biggest dream to win this show."

His act impressed at least one of the judges, with David Walliams telling him: "You definitely have more talent than this Simon Cowell."

Simon also has to put up with an impressionist taking him off when 43-year-old Jon Clegg goes on stage.

He tells the judges his act, which includes impressions of Alan Carr and Louis Walsh as well, was inspired by his father's success in another TV talent show - New Faces - in 1987.

He said: "When I was growing up, my dad decided to give up his job as a car salesman and become an impressionist.

"Growing up in that sort of environment, when your dad's on stage all the time and you're always in the wings, it was inevitable that I would end up doing it."

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