Simon Cowell’s US TV show America’s Got Talent, which he created and produces, was renewed yesterday for a 10th season by NBC.
It’s part of a Got Talent franchise seen in 62 countries which, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, makes it the most successful reality show yet.
Three weeks ago, Cowell placed a good-sized bet on Germany to win the World Cup.
And, to top it all off, he is revelling in first-time fatherhood with his infant son with his girlfriend, socialite Lauren Silverman.
“He’s amazing. We’re in the Hamptons (in New York) at the moment, taking a break. He’s five months old, learning to swim,” Cowell said.
Family life has not derailed attending to business for the British TV host and producer who is also the music executive behind such hit acts as One Direction.
He’s pleased, if unsurprised, that NBC renewed America’s Got Talent, which features Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel as judges and Nick Cannon as host.
The series, a big-tent talent show for every sort of performer, has thrived while singing shows like American Idol and The Voice have suffered ratings erosion.
“There’s so many music shows on at the moment, there was always going to be this problem of dilution. The whole reason we devised Talent is it was supposed to be different,” Cowell said.