Britain's Got Talent has set a record after becoming the most popular reality show in the world. The talent show has set a Guinness World Record with 59 different versions being made in 58 different territories - including two in Belgium.
Among the most recent countries to make their own version are Kazakhstan, Brazil, Moldova and Iceland.
The show's creator and judge Simon Cowell said: "I am very proud that Got Talent is a home-grown British show. We owe its success to a group of very talented producers all over the world who have made this happen. And, of course, amazing talent."
Guinness World Records president Alistair Richards said: "We are delighted to confirm that Got Talent has broken the previous world record and is now the official Guinness World Record holder for the most successful reality television format, a landmark moment in television record-breaking history."
Pop singer Sinitta has revealed that her ex-boyfriend Simon Cowell has asked her to be godmother to his baby son.
Sinitta posted a photo on Twitter of her cradling Eric, who was born on 14 February:
Wanted you to be the first (well after my mom and children) to hear about my next Serious New Role..Drum Roll ....
Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole have spoken of their return to X Factor after their well-documented fall-out.
The pair fell out in 2011 after Cowell sacked Cole from the American version of the show after only three weeks as a judge.
She had only filmed one episode before being dropped by Cowell and the incident soured relations between the pair.
Speaking to Daybreak, Simon said: "I have done this a long time. You have fall-outs along the way. I held my hands up and said I made a mistake and I was sorry - and I was sorry. Then when I decided to come back, I also decided I had to have Cheryl back on the show with me."
Cheryl explained how she finally gave in to Simon's pleas to return to the ITV show: "There's only so much begging one can take and it's not nice to see a grown man cry, so I finally succumbed."
It is yet to be confirmed which other judges will be joining the pair on the show's panel.
Cheryl Cole is to return as an X Factor judge, Simon Cowell has confirmed.Read the full story ›
Simon Cowell says he was "born to be a dad" and has hinted that he may have more children so that his son Eric, who was born on Valentine's Day, can have a brother or sister.
The 54-year-old X-Factor judge told Extra: "I wouldn't rule out (more children). Well, I got (Yorkshire terriers) Squiddly and Diddly, and I couldn't imagine Squiddly or just Diddly... I had a brother when I was younger, so I kind of think it's cool to have two or three ... two."
Cowell, who was interviewed by his ex-girlfriend Terri Seymour for the magazine, revealed that he cried at his son's birth after dashing to New York from London - where he was filming Britain's Got Talent auditions - to be at girlfriend Lauren Silverman's side.
He admitted he was so apprehensive about becoming a father that he asked his partner, "'What if I like the dogs more than him?', because I've never had a baby before, and she said, 'You're gonna be absolutely fine', and then literally within seconds of him being born, I got it."
The first public preview of The X Factor musical I Can't Sing! will go ahead tonight after it was postponed twice in one week:
Hello. Am very excited and relieved to confirm the first public preview for #ICantSingUk the X Factor musical is tonight.
It's difficult to describe because I have never seen anything like it before. I hope you love it as much as I do.
And seriously expect the unexpected!
The musical, penned by comedian Harry Hill, had been postponed due to technical problems, producers said.
Simon Cowell said drinking alcohol in the early hours helps him enter a "calm place" and come up ideas for new TV shows.Read the full story ›
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A huge thank you to everyone who helped them achieve this. The greatest fans.
Music mogul Simon Cowell is flying back to New York to be with his pregnant partner, Lauren Silverman, after she was admitted to hospital.
Cowell was in London judging auditions for Britain's Got Talent, and was told the news about his partner overnight.
Cowell has described the prospect of fatherhood as "surreal", and previously said he did not plan to witness the birth of his baby.