A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame will be unveiled Wednesday honoring record company executive-turned-television producer Simon Cowell.
What organizers only described as surprise guest speakers will join Cowell in speaking in the 11:30 a.m. ceremony in front of the Hollywood & Highland complex on Hollywood Boulevard.
The star is the 2,642nd since the completion of the Walk of Fame in 1961 with the first 1,558 stars. The ceremony will be livestreamed on walkoffame.com.
Cowell is a judge and executive producer of “America’s Got Talent,” whose second results show of the summer airs Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. on NBC.
“America’s Got Talent” has been the most-watched entertainment program every week an original episode has aired this summer and last summer.
Cowell created the “Got Talent” format which set the Guinness world record in 2014 for the television format with the highest number of adaptations, then 58, now 70.
Cowell is also a judge on “Britain’s Got Talent.”
Cowell first became known to the American public in 2002 when he began an eight-year run as the acerbic judge on the Fox singing competition “American Idol.”
Born Oct. 7, 1959, in London, Cowell began his career in the music industry in the early 1980s in the mail room of EMI Music Publishing, where his father was an executive, going on to become an established A&R executive, eventually beginning a long relationship with BMG.
Cowell first connected music with television in 1995 when he persuaded Robson Green and Jerome Flynn, stars of hit British television drama “Soldier Soldier,” to record “Unchained Melody” and “White Cliffs of Dover” for a single. It became one of the United Kingdom’s biggest selling singles of the year, with 1.8 million copies sold, topping the charts for seven consecutive weeks.
With BMG’s support, Cowell then set up his own label, S Records. In 1998 it signed the unknown Irish pop vocal quintet Westlife, who would sell more than 50 million records and have 14 No. 1 singles in the U.K.
Cowell first appeared on television in 2001 as a judge on the British singing competition “Pop Idol,” which spawned an American version, “American Idol.”
Cowell created another singing competition, “The X Factor,” which premiered in the United Kingdom in 2004. It would launch the careers of Fifth Harmony and One Direction and have versions commissioned in 55 territories.
In 2004, Syco Entertainment was formed as part of Cowell’s new Sony Music partnership. It would become one of the world’s leading music, film, and television production companies. Artists signed to Syco Music have included Camila Cabello, Louis Tomlinson and Little Mix.
Cowell is also the creator of Univision’s Spanish-language singing competition, “La Banda.”
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