Simon Cowell looks drastically different as he poses with huge grin alongside Maya Jama

By Sara-Aisha Kent

Simon Cowell is known for his hard to please demeanour as one of the UK's toughest talent show judges.

But the music mogul showcased a different side to himself as he appeared in recently taken selfie with presenter Maya Jama.

In the photo, posted by the TV host to her Instagram account on Tuesday evening, the father-of-one beamed from ear to ear as he flashed his pearly white smile.

Maya could hardly contain her glee in the offering which she shared to reveal that she was working on a new project with Simon.

Looking every inch the natural beauty, Maya leant on Simon's shoulder in the capture that boasted a scenic backdrop - complete with an ocean view, greenery and palm trees.

Alongside the snap, she penned: "GOOD NEWS GANG From watching talent shows made by this man growing up to hosting one myself on big bloody ITV is honestly a dream I don’t wana get all deep on here but the journey has been a mad one & I am so so grateful for the opportunity and excited for this next chapter Walk The Line .. coming soooon .. brb gna scream off my balcony."

Simon Cowell beamed as he posed alongside Maya Jama (mayajama/Instagram)
The talent judge rarely shows his teeth when posing (ITV)

Maya, who has been dubbed as telly’s most in-demand presenter, will be calling the shots on Simon’s latest ITV show after the X Factor got the boot after 17 years.

The brand-new talent competition will see an array of musical acts, solo artists, choirs and bands compete to win the £500,000 grand prize.

The longer an act stays on the show, the bigger their cash prize will be.

They will then have to compete against an entirely new set of musicians, but the two acts judged the best each week have to decide if they want to take some money and leave the competition or walk the line to move on to the next stage.

Simon’s exciting new TV venture is due to start filming in the autumn.

It comes after the music mogul decided to pull the plug on The X Factor before it became ‘a joke’.

Music mogul Simon is known for his no-nonsense approach when judging TV shows (Dymond/Thames/Syco/REX/Shutterstock)
Simon is preparing to release a new TV show with Maya as the host (Getty)

The hit talent competition first aired in the UK in 2004, making a household name of record executive Simon.

He spearheaded the series as a judge, alongside Sharon Osborne and Louis Walsh.

Over the past 17 years, The X Factor has catapulted a number of stars to incredible worldwide fame with the likes of One Direction and Little Mix breaking records and making history.

But in recent years, the show hasn’t been a big hit with audiences as they appeared to have grown tired of the format.

A show insider recently confirmed that the cancellation was due to the fact the show had become ‘slightly stale’.

“Clearly the last thing Simon wants is for X factor to fizzle out with a whimper and become a bit of a joke – especially in contrast to the show in its pomp,” the source told The Sun.

Simon is now hoping that Walk The Line will triumph with audiences with its fresh format and exciting twist.


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