‘America’s Got Talent’ judge Simon Cowell remembers Queen Elizabeth II: ‘I have so much respect for her’

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Simon Cowell reflected on his meeting with Queen Elizabeth II and noted that it was a night he “will never forget”.

“Even though she was in her late 90s…you couldn’t imagine she wasn’t there. And then when it happened, it was like I could feel it in my stomach, I was really upset,” Cowell told Fox News Digital exclusively on the red carpet at “America’s Got Talent.”

The 62-year-old TV personality’s comments follow King Charles III’s ascension to the throne following the death of Queen Elizabeth II last week at the age of 96.

“I have so much respect for her, for her work ethic…now it doesn’t feel the same. However, I met King Charles, and he’s an amazing man, a really nice person, very lovely . It’s a sad day,” Cowell continued.

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Simon Cowell and his fiancée Lauren Silverman have been dating since 2004, and in 2014 the two welcomed son Eric, now 8.
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But it was a happy night as “America’s Got Talent” crowned the season 17 winner. Lebanese dance group The Mayyas were the ultimate champions in the NBC competition, taking home the $1 million grand prize.

Cowell noted that he predicted the Mayyas would win the competition, and added that the dance group was “pure talent and joy”.

“Something we’ve never seen before. I think anyone who’s experienced this was just amazed,” he remarked.

Lebanese dance group The Mayyas were the ultimate champions, winning the $1 million grand prize on "America has talent."

Lebanese dance group The Mayyas were the ultimate champions, winning the $1 million grand prize on “America’s Got Talent.”
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“I heard how many hours they must have put into this. There are so many people in the band…it was breathtaking.”

Cowell, who has been with “AGT” since 2016, has launched the careers of many popular artists and bands, including Leona Lewis, One Direction and Fifth Harmony.

When asked about former One Direction band member Harry Styles, Simon told Fox News Digital about his memories of when Styles first stepped onto the competition stage.

"America's Got Talent" host Terry Crews, center, is flanked by judges Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara and Simon Cowell.

‘America’s Got Talent’ host Terry Crews, center, is flanked by judges Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara and Simon Cowell.
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“I remember her first audition. I was like, ‘I really like you. You’re very charming, you’re very talented, and I think great things are going to happen,'” Cowell told Fox News Digital. .

“You always hope that with the people you love…Afterwards, they leave us…and he’s done what he wants to do.”

So now that “America’s Got Talent” season 17 is over, is Simon planning to marry his fiancée Lauren Silverman?

“Nothing really to report… yet. But I’m going to take a little break and then get back to work,” he said.

“I’m going to announce something new that we’re working on very soon that I’m excited about.”

Cowell and his socialite fiancée have been dating since 2004, and in 2014 the two welcomed son Eric, now 8.

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The family of three shared the limelight on the “America’s Got Talent” red carpet on Tuesday night ahead of the season finale, and Cowell was all smiles as he pointed to his adorable son for photos.

He explained last month how his judging style had changed over the years, thanks to his son.

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“I have a son, I have a lot more empathy for young artists,” Cowell told Fox News Digital exclusively.

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