He's earned a reputation for being "the mean judge" on every one of his shows, but once in a while Simon Cowell likes to let his guard down and show his softer side.
1. Remembering his mother
Josh Daniel's cover of "Jealous" on the X Factor brought the audience to tears, but it had a surprising impact on Cowell as well. The judge revealed that the song reminded him of his late mother Julie, who passed away in 2015.
"It was quite near when it all happened and I think it was the last audition and I wasn't really expecting what happened," he revealed on a talk show. "And of course the lyrics of the song and it was quite difficult because I thought, 'God this is going to be really hard to sit through this.'"
2. Hitting the Golden Buzzer
Simon has become famous for his brutally honest put-downs, but he also recognizes when performers have something special, and he's not afraid to say so. Maybe he's getting softer as he ages, because this year he's hit the Golden Buzzer twice.
Deaf singer Mandy Harvey blew Simon away with her performance, and he didn't hesitate to send her to the next round. Across the pond, Britain's Got Talent contestant Sarah Ikumu channeled Jennifer Hudson in the first week of auditions, and you can see Simon's face light up as she performs.
3. Spending time with his dogs
Maybe Simon just gets along better with animals than with other people, because he has nothing but love for his Yorkshire Terriers Freddie, Squiddly and Diddly. “I love my dogs so much," Simon told US Weekly.
"I take them on holidays, I let them sleep in the bed and sometimes one gets in the bath with me." He's even considered cloning his dogs after they pass away to keep them forever. Now that is love!
4. Comforting a young contestant
Simon doesn't normally feel bad about upsetting contestants, but one little girl from Britain's Got Talent pulled on his heartstrings. After a buzzer from Piers Morgan, Cowell brought the crying girl back on stage for some adorable revenge.
See Simon fight for a contestant on the next page!