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Simon Cowell reveals son Eric will play a part in X Factor final

The four-year-old will step into his dad's shoes

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Simon Cowell’s son Eric will “step into [his] shoes big-time” in Sunday (02.12.18) night’s X Factor final.

The 59-year-old judge and show creator is set to involve his four-year-old son Eric in the live final of the ITV singing
competition, and although he’s keeping details under wraps until the show airs, he’s teased that some people think he’s “out of his mind” for what he has in store.

Eric caused havoc earlier this year on Loose Women (Credit: ITV)

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Simon told The Mirror: “Eric is going to more involved than ever, he is about to step into my shoes big time. You’ll see what we do. A few people have gone, ‘You are actually out of your mind’. Probably – but it’s fun. And that’s what I like doing.”

And although he’s known for being Mr. Nasty on the programme, Simon admits his son – whom he has with partner Lauren Silverman – has made him soften up.

He added: “Eric finds me funny and I find him funny. I’ve laughed more this year than I have done in years. It’s chilled me out. We watch movies and then we have these crazy conversations.

“He reminds me of what I used to be like when I was his age.”

Simon also teased that the current line-up of judges – including Robbie Williams, his wife Ayda Field, and One Direction star Louis Tomlinson – could be set to continue on to next year’s show, as they’ve all “had a great time” on the panel this year.

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Simon’s been pretty pleased with the judging line up (Credit: ITV)

Speaking to the Sunday Mirror newspaper, Simon said: “I’ve spoken to Robbie who with Ayda definitely wants to come back, I hope Louis does too. They have all had a great time.

“I’ve known Robbie a long time and it’s no secret we’ve been trying to get him to do the show for years. He says it’s the best job he has ever had because it is fun.”

Yesterday Robbie revealed it would take a hefty pay cheque to get him and his wife Ayda back on the panel for another year, but also admitted he’d had a blast doing the show.

The X Factor final is on Sunday at 7.30pm on ITV

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