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Born: 1959-10-07
Profession: Entertainer
Nation: British
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I hated school, but I love work.

Tags: Love, School, Work

I have always hated celebrities lecturing people on politics.

Tags: Hated, Lecturing, Politics

I like spaghetti bolognese, I like baked beans on toast. I hate French food. I hate fancy food.

Tags: Fancy, Food, Hate

I probably get more satisfaction from making a show than being on a show.

Tags: Making, Show

I should get a dog. I would get a rescue dog. I like mutts; I don't care. I would probably get a three-legged dog no one else would want.

Tags: Care, Dog, Else

I still put punctuation in my texts. If it's an 'I', I make sure it's a capital.

Tags: Put, Sure, Texts

I turned down many chances to be on TV before 'Pop Idol' because I really wasn't interested in being famous. I didn't need it and didn't want it.

Tags: Famous, Interested, Tv

I want people to understand that from the minute Lady Gaga arrived, she created a new set of rules: being different is good; embrace it.

Tags: Good, She, Understand

I was 12 years old when I first realized that food could be hot. That's why I turned out the way I am.

Tags: Food, Old, Why

I was never given any hand-outs. I started at the bottom and was very good at finding people who knew more than me and learning from them.

Tags: Good, Learning, Started

I'd say the most dangerous thing I've ever done is probably bungee jumping in Thailand.

Tags: Dangerous, Done, Jumping

I'm not that musical. I don't really know how a record is produced, and, funnily enough, I don't want to.

Tags: Enough, Musical, Produced

I'm obsessed with cleanliness for myself, so I will take a bath three times a day, sometimes a steam twice a day in addition to that.

Tags: Sometimes, Three, Times

I've always been petrified of working for a boss who I didn't like but who I was in fear of, because I wanted my salary.

Tags: Fear, Wanted, Working

I've always treated the music business as a business.

Tags: Business, Music, Treated

I've spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on the very best security and I can assure you my homes are as safe as the Bank of England.

Tags: Best, Safe, Security

If I had one dog, I'd want a hundred. If I had one kid, I'd probably want a hundred. I mean, it's just the way I am.

Tags: Dog, Kid, Mean

If I was gay, why wouldn't I admit it? It wouldn't harm me.

Tags: Admit, Gay, Why

If you only ever heard Lady Gaga, she's the most boring singer in the world.

Tags: Boring, She, Singer

If your lifeguard duties were as good as your singing, a lot of people would be drowning.

Tags: Drowning, Good, Singing

In TV, film, and music there's a lot of snobbery, and I don't like it. I've never been a cultural snob.

Tags: Film, Music, Tv

It's not my habit to kiss and tell. I've never done it.

Tags: Done, Kiss, Tell

It's the government's job to encourage entrepreneurialism and investment. Most importantly, it's the government's duty to inspire confidence.

Tags: Confidence, Government, Job

Most things in music go full circle eventually.

Tags: Eventually, Full, Music

My dad said to me, 'Work hard and be patient.' It was the best advice he ever gave me. You have to put the hours in.

Tags: Best, Dad, Work

My own saying is: 'Create the hype, but don't ever believe it.'

Tags: Create, Hype, Saying
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My proudest achievement has been the success of the shows and artists I have been involved with, because they were made in Britain.

Tags: Artists, Involved, Success

No one really has any job security anymore, including myself.

Tags: Anymore, Job, Security

People confuse ego, lust, insecurity with true love.

Tags: Insecurity, Love, True

Rules equal boredom, and I don't like that.

Tags: Boredom, Equal, Rules

Thank God kids love following an artist. When you get a group who pop, it's the best thing in the world.

Tags: Best, God, Love

The love I have for my ex-girlfriends will always be there, so I think that's true love.

Tags: Love, True

The minute you start assuming that the audience is very happy to see the same show again, you're dead.

Tags: Again, Happy, Start

The only magazines I read are car magazines.

Tags: Car, Magazines, Read

The young people working for me are ambitious and hard-working. That work ethic has always been a trait of the British.

Tags: Work, Working, Young

There was nothing I could - and wanted to - learn in school. It was just a complete waste of my time.

Tags: Learn, School, Time

There's no need for me to get married. I live with someone; we're happy; end of story.

Tags: End, Happy, Someone

We have hated the French for years. Now you have just joined the club. It makes you much more likable.

Tags: Club, Hated, Makes

When I look at it now, the whole punk thing is sort of comedy in a weird way.

Tags: Comedy, Weird, Whole

When someone asks, 'Does success make you into a monster?' I always say, 'No, it enables you to be a monster.'

Tags: Monster, Someone, Success

When you get your first pay cheque, it's the best feeling in the world.

Tags: Best, Feeling, Pay

When you're making a reality show, you can't even plan a week ahead now.

Tags: Making, Reality, Show

Would I like kids? If I knew I could be - and how could I put this delicately - faithful, then yes. I do like kids.

Tags: Faithful, Kids, Put

You always want to go to a party where you get an invite.

Tags: Invite, Party

You don't go into anything contemplating failure, because if you did, you wouldn't make it.

Tags: Failure

You know what the secret to weight loss is? Don't eat much.

Tags: Eat, Loss, Secret

I have seen that the American Dream is a reality - and I would love to feel the British Dream is also a reality. To enable that, we have to bring back some common sense and encourage family values, a proper sense of justice and make people believe they have a decent chance to build a business or career for themselves. I see this moment as a fantastic opportunity to restore this, because I believe Britain Has Talent.

Tags: Business, Family, Love

I think you have to judge everything based on your personal taste. And if that means being critical, so be it. I hate political correctness. I absolutely loathe it.

Tags: Hate, Judge, Political

When I was young and we got caught pinching apples, we got a smack from the local policeman. Today if that happened he would be sued. There is a tendency to punish the victim, not the criminal. If someone broke into my house or my mum's house, I worry that the burglar has more rights than me.

Tags: Someone, Today, Young

Anything I shouldn't laugh at makes me laugh. I mean, I'm bad at that, when somebody is singing something terribly and I'm thinking to myself, 'If I laugh now, this is the absolute worst thing I could ever do,' and then I start laughing and I can't stop.

Tags: Bad, Laugh, Mean

Everyone who turns up on 'X Factor' does it because a door has been closed to them at some time in their lives, and this is the only shot they have got.

Tags: Door, Everyone, Time

For the music business, social networking is brilliant. Just when you think it's doom and gloom and you have to spend millions of pounds on marketing and this and that, you have this amazing thing now called fan power. The whole world is linked through a laptop. It's amazing. And it's free. I love it. It's absolutely brilliant.

Tags: Love, Music, Power

Have I got a black book? Yes, it's called a mobile phone. I do get offers. There is no shortage of people if you want to go on dates - working in TV, living in L.A., it is there if you want it.

Tags: Black, Book, Living

I am quite miserable because I'm never satisfied with what I've got. You're always looking for that next high, and that is what I would define as happiness.

Tags: Happiness, High, Looking

I can't admit things; that's why I can't go to funerals and stuff like that. I find it very, very difficult to deal with that kind of reality. I shut myself off totally because it affects me so badly.

Tags: Difficult, Reality, Why

I could just sit back and get someone to spin my achievements, I suppose, but when I see others do it, I always think, 'Why are you telling me how successful you are?' I am always suspicious of those kinds of boasts.

Tags: Someone, Successful, Why

I don't have sophisticated tastes. I have average tastes. If you looked in my collection of DVDs, you'd see 'Jaws' and 'Star Wars.' In the book library, you'd see John Grisham and Sidney Sheldon. And if you look in my fridge, it's, like, children's food - chips, milkshakes, yogurt.

Tags: Book, Children, Food

I don't like kids that are pushed into things by stage mums, but when I can see they are having a good time, they're excited and enjoying the process, then I think it's wrong to discriminate.

Tags: Good, Time, Wrong

I don't like people who are hypocritical, who pretend to be nice, particularly in show business when they're nice on camera, and then off camera they're absolutely appalling to the makeup people, or the waitress in a restaurant, you know? I don't like - I can't bear those kind of people. So I like people who are, you know, up front in your face.

Tags: Business, Nice, Off

I don't want to tell a 15 or 14 year old what they should be doing. I want them to tell me. And that's what I got when I met Justin Bieber for the first time.

Tags: Old, Tell, Time

I get very anti-social, depressed and irritable with people. I don't have time for them. I can't make phone calls and stuff. I just sit on my own for days.

Tags: Days, Stuff, Time

I hate belongings. I hate clutter. It really bothers me because I can't think properly. If you've got distractions in front of you, your mind goes nuts.

Tags: Goes, Hate, Mind

I have always hated celebrities lecturing people on politics. So forgive me. But I am passionate about this country. I am equally passionate about the potential of the people who live here.

Tags: Country, Forgive, Politics

I have total respect for anyone who discovers a band like Snow Patrol. I would be hopeless at signing a rock band, or anything alternative, cause I don't know what that audience are into and I don't particularly like that kind of music.

Tags: Music, Respect, Rock

I like to know why a video has suddenly gone viral, why a song has broken, why a TV show is suddenly rating out of pattern... I'm pretty good at understanding why things are becoming popular.

Tags: Good, Pretty, Why

I love producing shows. And so when you're on a show where other people are making decisions you don't necessarily agree with it, after a while you start to feel like a passenger.

Tags: After, Decisions, Love

I love TV. I love being behind the scenes on a TV show but there's something about, I don't know there's something very special when you've signed an artist and that first record comes in and it's a good record. It is an indescribable feeling.

Tags: Feeling, Good, Love

I met someone the other night who's 28 years old, and he hasn't worked a day since he left college because he's pursuing a dream he'll never, ever realize: He thinks he's a great singer. Actually, he's crap.

Tags: Great, Night, Someone

I suggest we bring some normality back to this country and say if you are carrying a knife, there must be zero tolerance. If it was up to me, everyone caught with a knife would get an automatic ten year sentence.

Tags: Country, Everyone, Year

I think America is a hard nut to crack. But once you get a toehold, it's a great place for an entrepreneur because people are so enthusiastic, and you have the most enthusiastic audiences in world.

Tags: America, Great, Hard

I think if you're an unhappy person, you're always going to be an unhappy person. You're probably going to be less unhappy if your business is doing well, if I'm being honest.

Tags: Business, Honest, Less

I think of stress as the creator of cancer and heart attacks, like a tiny little ball you feed. I believe that one of the reasons I've never got ill is that I'm not stressed.

Tags: Cancer, Heart, Stress

I was bought an electric guitar when I was 12, but my guitar teacher beat me up. I didn't like guitar lessons and I got quite bored. My teacher was obviously bored giving me lessons, and one day I offered him a liquorice toffee, but he didn't answer. So I threw it at him, it hit him in the face, and he sort of beat me up.

Tags: Giving, Him, Teacher

I work out three or four times a week, I have Botox, take tons of vitamins and vitamin infusions - if you believe that these things work, you will feel better.

Tags: Three, Times, Work

I'm going to give all my money away, eventually. I don't believe in all this hand-down stuff. Even if I had kids, I don't think I'd want to give them everything.

Tags: Away, Give, Money

I'm not sure who has the right to say that you have better taste than somebody else, because essentially what you're doing is calling millions of people morons.

Tags: Else, Somebody, Sure

I've had Botox, but then again pretty much everyone I know has. To me, Botox is no more unusual than toothpaste. It works. You do it once a year - who cares?

Tags: Again, Everyone, Pretty

I've never bought a Dylan record. A singing poet? It just bores me to tears. I've got to tell you, if I had 10 Dylans in the final of 'American Idol,' we would not be getting 30 million viewers a week. I don't believe the Bob Dylans of this world would make 'American Idol 'a better show.

Tags: American, Show, Tell

If I go into a relationship with an artist, which at most is going to last five years, we have a 100-page contract covering every eventuality. Whereas with marriage you go into it with no contract, with laws that date back hundreds of years, and I don't think that's right.

Tags: Artist, Last, Marriage

If I said to most of the people who auditioned, 'Good job, awesome, well done,' it would have made me actually look and feel ridiculous. It's quite obvious most of the people who turned up for this audition were hopeless.

Tags: Done, Good, Job

If I went to a psychiatrist, it would be a long session. I've always thought that I do have a number of issues that probably need dealing with, because I am quite odd in some ways.

Tags: Number, Quite, Thought

Money brings you security and choice. You can make decisions in a different way if you have a lot of money. But when you have nothing, you have a naivety, and a more fearless attitude because you have nothing to lose.

Tags: Attitude, Decisions, Money

Of course I have an ego, but you have to have an ego. You have to be incredibly competitive. I can get competitive at times, way too much, and it becomes a little bit obsessive.

Tags: Bit, Ego, Times

Sometimes when you have a record out, you think you're going to go in at No. 1 but you go in at No. 8. So your second record has to be better. That's how I treat it.

Tags: Second, Sometimes, Treat

The only people with power today are the audience. And that is increasing with Twitter, Facebook, and everything else. We cater to their likes and dislikes, and you ignore that at your peril.

Tags: Ignore, Power, Today

The secret of my success is that I make other people money. And, never ever, ever, ever be ashamed about trying to earn as much as possible for yourself, if the person you're working with is also making money. That's life!

Tags: Life, Money, Success

What I would argue in my defence is that shows like 'Britain's Got Talent' and 'The X Factor' have actually got people more interested in music again and are sending more people into record stores.

Tags: Again, Music, Talent

When I think of invention, I always think of America. You're always seeing ads: 'Have you got the next big idea?' There seems to be that spirit in America of inventions and inventors.

Tags: America, Big, Idea

Whether they run a record company or a grocery store, every boss will tell you you're in big trouble if you're borrowing more than you can ever afford to pay back. Delaying the pain for future generations is suicidal. We've got to start getting the deficit down right now, not next year.

Tags: Big, Future, Pain

My attitude is, if someone's going to criticize me, tell me to my face.

Tags: Attitude, Someone, Tell

If you've got a big mouth and you're controversial, you're going to get attention.

Tags: Attention, Big, Mouth

The object of this competition is not to be mean to the losers but to find a winner. The process makes you mean because you get frustrated.

Tags: Makes, Mean, Winner

Shave off your beard and wear a dress. You would be a great female impersonator.

Tags: Dress, Great, Off

The end of the animal trade would leave more time to trap or beat to death pop star wannabes.

Tags: Death, End, Time

Not everybody is perfect, and I don't think we should be looking for perfect people.

Tags: Everybody, Looking, Perfect

You are a saucy little thing aren't you?

Tags: Saucy

I think that by ignoring the show you're ignoring the audience who put you there.

Tags: Audience, Put, Show

If we had to choose one American Idol to go out to dinner with, it would be Fantasia. There are no airs and graces about her... I like her.

Tags: American, Choose, Her

Anyone who goes on 'The X Factor' to make big money will be in for a big shock.

Tags: Anyone, Big, Money

As an actor, I really like Philip Seymour Hoffman. I think he's a genius.

Tags: Actor, Genius, Philip
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