Get all your news in one place.
100’s of premium titles.
One app.
Start reading
Daily Mirror
Daily Mirror
Ross Kaniuk

X Factor judge Simon Cowell loves prank-calling his friends pretending to be German

Achtung! Simon Cowell loves prank calling his showbiz pals ­pretending to be German, Louis Walsh has revealed.

Louis, 70, who was a judge alongside Cowell on the X Factor, said his former boss would put on a dodgy accent and ring out of the blue posing as a man called Wolfgang.

He said: “One day I was walking in London and my phone rang and I answered.

“He said ‘This is Wolfgang in Germany, you are Mr Walsh, you manage the Westlife?’

“I said ‘yeah’. He said ‘I want to talk to you, we have a really big deal for yoghurt in Germany, would you be interested? Do the boys like yoghurt’.

Simon Cowell on the panel of America's Got Talent (NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)

“I didn’t know so I said ‘yeah, they will’. And it was him, he was always taking the p*ss out of me.”

Louis also revealed another of Cowell’s practical jokes – getting X Factor production staff to secretly make him turn orange so he looked like an Oompa Loompa.

He said: “One night he got his make-up girl to put make-up on me. He said ‘You need a bit more colour’.

“What I didn’t realise was as the show went on I was getting darker and darker. It was a tanning thing.

“And as the show went on he was roaring with laughter, Cheryl [Cole] was roaring with laughter, and I had no idea I was getting darker and darker.

“It was a prank and he loved doing that. Every day was fun with him. Every day.”

Sign up to read this article
Read news from 100’s of titles, curated specifically for you.
Already a member? Sign in here
Related Stories
Top stories on inkl right now
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Already a member? Sign in here
Our Picks
Fourteen days free
Download the app
One app. One membership.
100+ trusted global sources.