Simon Cowell‘s young son Eric didn’t hold back at a Britain’s Got Talent audition this week, and is thought to have even made his dad blush. The nine-year-old had been invited to take part in the judging panel, along with Alesha Dixon’s daughter Azura, also nine, and Amanda Holden‘s daughter, 11-year-old Hollie.
Yet while the other two described one choir performance of hopefuls “inspirational” and brimming with “good energy”, Eric frankly told the act that he “didn’t really like” the first part. Amanda, 52, then turned to the crowd, joking of straight-talking Eric: “He’s a chip off the old block!”
According to onlookers, Simon looked a little embarrassed by her son’s very frank reaction to the musical act, The Mirror has reported. However, he previously suggested that his son is a “great barometer” of how well contestants will do, based on whether he gets “excited” or not.
“I look over at him [during live shows, wondering] ‘Is he having a good time?’ and he’s having a really good time when he’s up on his seat, excited,” he told People of his son’s appearances at America’s Got Talent shows across the pond. [It] is the best thing, because with kids, it’s all unfiltered.”
It’s been a busy week so far at the Palladium, with hopefuls flocking to the London venue hoping to be in with a chance of getting noticed by the judges. It might look as though they could be harshly judged by Eric, but Simon recently revealed that his son’s true ambition is not to be on a panel, but audition as a talent himself.
He explained to People magazine that he’s a keen drummer with a great sense of rhythm and although he feels he has “no performing talent whatsoever” himself, he thinks Eric might have what it takes.
However, he had some very firm advice for him: “If you’re good, never come on the show!”
Talking on Greatest Hits Radio, she revealed that she felt her time on the show was “kind of like the Wild West”.
“As well as giving a lot of people, opportunities with their careers it can also damage a lot of people too. You have to be very, very careful,” she stated.
“You’re handling people’s lives, you’ve got their future in your hands and it’s not anything to laugh at.”
However, Simon has made the revelation that he’s mellowed out and toned down his criticism in his recent years on television – and he credits son Eric with sparking the change.
“There’s no question: when you actually have a kid, it does make you feel different because you understand how you would feel if it was your son up there,” he explained.