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Cowell apologises for grumpiness

Simon Cowell has apologised for being so harsh on X Factor contestants Andrea Faustini and Lauren Platt.

The TV judge - dubbed Mr Nasty - was branded "Debbie Downer" by fellow panellists Mel B and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini after slating Andrea and Lauren's performances on last week's show.

But Simon has now told the Sun: "I had a bad night. I had a really bad headache, I was really grumpy.

"I want to apologise to Andrea and Lauren because I wasn't being fair."

Simon - who became a father to son Eric earlier this year - also shot down Cheryl's recent comments that she will have to choose between being a judge on the show and starting a family with her new husband Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini next year.

Simon laughed: "Well I had one!"

But he insisted it was too soon to ask Cheryl to sign up for another series on the judging panel.

He explained: "Whenever you ask anyone in this stage of the competition whether they want to come back or not, you're kn*****ed and the idea of doing it again is like, 'My God, I couldn't go through it again'.

"So I wouldn't ask Cheryl the question this year."

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