X-Factor’s Bad Boy Simon Cowell sneaking off to Barbados with Old Flame: Raises Ten$ of Thousand$ USD’s for Animal Shelter
Simon “X-Factor” Cowell has had a bit of Topsy Turvy 2010 – his Four Seasons villa he paid a deposit for ages ago is only now being completed here in Barbados, he’s leaving American Idol with mixed feelings, his protege Piers Morgan is leaving the US version of X-Factor to replace CNN’s Larry King, Cowell while engaged for marriage yet seen in Barbados with an old flame yet again?
“American Idol’s” bad boy was on his annual visit to the Caribbean Island, one of his favourite activities here apart from jet-skiing is looking to assist in raising funds to help the Hope Sanctuary (the Barbadian animal shelter which rescues abused cats and dogs) after Hurricane Tomas wrecked the previous homes for the abandoned pets.
It seems benefactor Tony Martin is no longer involved with the administration of the shelter, the auction items were not as sexy as previous years and no Roger Chubb from Lancaster Great House to act as Auctioneer, but Simon’s help was the hit of the evening!
Ensconced in the island’s luxurious West Coast – Simon was seen cuddling close to former teen heartthrob and ex-partner Sinitta while bids were made on a week for two at a St Lucian spa resort (Boy – did Sinitta drool on this item, she even dropped in a couple of bids to try and snap it up) and a special trip including airfare from UK to Guernsey for a top resort in the Jersey Isles and an original oil on canvas by Caribbean artist Catherine Forter Chee-A-Tow.
Then Simon tore himself away from Sinitta long enough to open bids and turn Auctioneer for a trip for three to the Season Finale of “America’s Got Talent” (Which is the US edition of SyCo Productions’ “X-Factor”) which included not only tickets for the episode but Business-Class flights and accommodations. In order to pump the bids, Simon said he’d add ten thousand US if the fee went past 20-thousand USD…
The final sale reached $26-thousand USD and the Hope Sanctuary was guaranteed at least $36-thousand USD that night to help with feeding and vet expenses for the poor moggies and mutts!
After the auction, Mr X-Factor spent time with fans signing autographs and doing photos, he was asked by the Bajan Reporter who will replace Piers Morgan now he’s joining CNN, and Simon says he’s thinking of bringing back David Hasselhoff? Will this lead to an ego-clash between the Hoff and Howie “Deal Or No Deal” Mandel??
The Fund Raising night was wrapped up with Calypsonian Alison Hinds who clearly enjoyed entertaining the mostly British guests and just as quick, Simon and his sizable retinue went on the lawn for a couple of cigarettes and then the group of 13 to 15 were off to other digs, perhaps Michael Winner?