More than nine million people witnessed the moment when Simon Cowell met Simon Cowell on Saturday night’s ‘Britain’s Got Talent’.
But unlike the music mogul, his namesake doesn’t have luxury homes all over the world, he lives in Berwick.
Thirty-seven-year-old Simon auditioned in front of Cowell and fellow judges David Walliams, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon in Belfast and got three yes votes meaning that he advanced to the next stage of the famous TV competition.
Ironically it was Simon Cowell who wasn’t impressed with his rendition of Diana Ross’ ‘When You Tell Me That You Love Me’ and gave him a no.
But Simon said he didn’t mind that his idol had given him the thumbs down, as he admired his honesty.
“Although I’ve been told I’m a good singer I know I’m not the best, so for Simon to tell it to me straight was absolutely fine,” he said. “He was such a nice guy; an absolute gent. They say you should never meet your heroes as you’ll always be let down but that definitely wasn’t the case.
“I’ve loved all his shows right from ‘Pop Idol’ but ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ has always been my favourite so I thought why not? And I knew my name would attract attention.
“The audition day was very long but Ant and Dec were brilliant; it was like chatting to your best mates and they’ve asked me down for a pint the next time they’re in Newcastle.”
Originally from Newcastle, Simon has only been in Berwick for six months but has already become a familiar face around the town
“The bloke from the place I get my pizzas from asked if he could put a poster up to tell people I was going to be on the television,” he said.
“My facebook page went mental as soon as I was on the screen on Saturday. I’ve got it linked to my phone and it just kept beeping with friend requests and messages.
“One of them was from my old music teacher at school. He told me how proud I’d made him so that was really lovely.”
Simon, who practised for his audition in local cafe Kazmiranda, wouldn’t divulge whether he’d made it any further in the competition and added that he was just pleased to have experienced something he’ll never forget.
“It’s the biggest show in the country and I’ve been on it; no-one can take that away from me,” Simon insisted.
“For me it was just about making my mam and dad proud.
“It was my mam who actually chose the song as she loved it when I sang it to her before. I’m just glad I couldn’t see her when I was auditioning; it wasn’t until I saw her on the telly that I realised how emotional she got.”
Regardless of whether he goes on to win ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, Simon says he wants to keep singing but is open to other offers. “Opening toilets, supermarkets, I’m game!”