If you’re a fan of America’s Got Talent you already know how much Simon Cowell loves dogs. But until now, we’ve never actually seen him pretend to be a dog.
What in the 7 levels of doggy afterlife ever got into the man?
Maybe he was inspired by 13-year-old ventriloquist Ana-Maria Margean from Romania with her hilariously talented puppet dog. At first he responds in disbelief with “it’s not a real dog?” But then he wants one anyway, leading to his “doggy begging” act.
The important question is what kind of dog do you think Simon Cowell is?
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Simon Cowell and the real dogs of AGT
Cowell has a long history with dog acts on AGT, often showing much more enthusiasm and support for them than for less talented human acts. Never shy about expressing his opinions, Cowell once commented:
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.” Simon Cowell
Cowell’s up close and personal canine history
As far as we know, Cowell does not actually own a three-legged rescue mutt, but he does have 5 dogs of his own, including two Yorkshire Terriers (Squiddly and Diddly), his late mother’s dog Freddy, a fourth dog named Daisy, and most recently Odin, a Pomsky pup.
Cowell also supports various animal welfare causes. For example, in 2018 he donated to Humane Society International to help their effort to close a South Korean dog-meat farm.
Fellow AGT judge and friend Howie Mandel has offered more insights into Cowell’s dog-side leanings, even going so far as to say he thought Cowell could be a great professional dog trainer. Mandel was quoted in 2019 describing Cowell’s dog training skills with his own dogs, saying “when you go to his house, they do flips . . . they only walk on their hind legs all through the house!”
It’s no wonder that Cowell gets energized with many of the dog acts that have strutted their stuff on the AGT stage. Here’s another video with Cowell’s heartfelt theme of “if only we could find a dog who sings!”
Cowell’s recent dog impression seems to be earned honestly, revealing the doggy side of his personality. But, if you could look deeper, what breed of dog would you find under his famously crusty exterior?
More about Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell is the English accented “tough” judge on America’s Got Talent, plus he has a side gig as a successful music entrepreneur. Overall, he’s been entertaining audiences for over two decades with his sharp tongue, straight-talk, and unapologetic demeanor. From “American Idol” to “Britain’s Got Talent,” Cowell has often been the center of attention, both for his critiques and his bigger than life personality.
Born on October 7, 1959, in Lambeth, London, England, Cowell’s mother was a ballet dancer and his father was a property developer and music industry executive. Cowell began his career as a mailroom clerk and worked his way up to become a music executive.
Cowell’s accomplishments include record producer, talent scout and television personality. First discovered by the media for his blunt criticism, he earned a reputation as a mean judge. But Cowell’s tough love approach to mentorship has earned him the respect of fans, aspiring artists and industry veterans.
Cowell’s work on “American Idol” and “Britain’s Got Talent” made him a household name, and his no-nonsense critiques on America’s Got Talent have made him an international fan favorite. He’s famous for his “it’s a no from me” type judgements, and they have made him part of popular culture.
The Walk of Fame
In 2004 and 2010 Cowell was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2018 Cowell was recognized with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In addition to his work as a judge, Cowell has also been successful as a music producer. He has been behind the careers of many famous artists, including One Direction, Little Mix, Fifth Harmony, Il Divo and Susan Boyle. Cowell’s work in the music industry has earned him a fortune, and he is considered one of the richest people in the entertainment industry.
But Simon Cowell is not just about the money and the fame. He is also a philanthropist who supports various charities, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Children’s Hospice South West. He is also an animal lover and is actively involved in various animal welfare organizations.
Despite his reputation as a tough judge, Simon Cowell has a soft side. He is a family man and is close to his sister and also his mother before she passed. He is also a loving father to his son, Eric, who was born in 2014.
AGT Dog Acts – Has a Dog ever gone all the way?
As popular as AGT’s dog acts have been with Simon Cowell and also with the fans, most acts don’t make it very far in the competition. At least 3 dog acts have actually made it to the finals, and another 5 have made it as far as the semi-finals. But, in 2012, in AGT’s seventh season, a dog act won top prize, including the $1 Million payout.
The Olate Dogs, with father and son trainers Richard and Nicholas Olate went all the way. And yes, they even got to headline the America’s Got Talent Live in Las Vegas stage show at the Palazzo Theater, and appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Now what is your vote for Simon’s dog breed alter-ego?
What do you think, Dachshund, English Bulldog, mutt, other?
What kind of dog do you think Simon Cowell is?
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