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The many, many, many faces of Simon Cowell

The many, many, many faces of Simon Cowell: As straight-talking X Factor judge leaves fans bemused with his radically different features, MailOnline casts a cautious eye back at his varying visages

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Not much has changed about The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent over the years; the usual mixture of hopeful contestants, straight-talking judges and tear-jerking backstories combined with the heady promise of potential fame and fortune has earned these failsafe formats millions of viewers – and a near permanent air of predictability. 

If only the same could be said of their creator. 

An otherwise straightforward appearance at this year’s pre-recorded Royal Variety performance on December 2 prompted more unwanted questions than answers, with many viewers left addressing the elephant Cowell had inadvertently let into the room – namely, his radically different features. 

... and appearing on America's Got Talent in 2022

Then and now: Simon Cowell in an early publicity photo from 2002 (L) and appearing on America’s Got Talent in 2022 (R)

The music mogul, now 63, surprised those in attendance – and those watching – with a remarkably smooth visage as he introduced Britain’s Got Talent Winner Axel Blake at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

More quizzical eyebrows were raised just days later, when Cowell’s face was curiously obscured by shadow as he eulogised about eight-year old son Eric during a remote appearance on ITV chat show Loose Women. 

Once again, fans were prompted to question his vastly different visage – has he really changed? Or is it just our imagination?   

Fear not, MailOnline has the answer. Join us as we cast a cautiously chronological look back at the many, many faces of Simon Cowell. 

1985: Cowell's dashing features turned plenty of heads during a night out with girlfriend Sinitta at London nightclub Legends

1985: Cowell’s dashing features turned plenty of heads during a night out with girlfriend Sinitta at London nightclub Legends 

1987: The then little-known record producer looked youthful and fresh-faced in this TV appearance from the late eighties

1987: The then little-known record producer looked youthful and fresh-faced in this TV appearance from the late eighties 

1990: Cowell looks handsome while posing alongside his then girlfriend Sinitta, a constant in his life, at a London event

1990: Cowell looks handsome while posing alongside his then girlfriend Sinitta, a constant in his life, at a London event

1999: Cowell, aged 40, with Ray Hedges and Kate Thornton while judging the This Morning Boy Band Competition

1999: Cowell, aged 40, with Ray Hedges and Kate Thornton while judging the This Morning Boy Band Competition

1994: Cowell modelled a pair of circular spectacles at the BRIT Awards in 1994

2007: While the teeth appeared to be a little whiter in Britain's Got Talent publicity photos

All change: Cowell modelled a pair of circular spectacles at the BRIT Awards in 1994 (L), while the teeth appeared to be a little whiter in Britain’s Got Talent publicity photos from 2007 (R)

2002: Cowell looks suave on Pop Idol, a prototype for The X Factor and the show that helped establish him as a household name

2002: Cowell looks suave on Pop Idol, a prototype for The X Factor and the show that helped establish him as a household name

2001: The mogul developed a reputation for delivering caustic remarks to hapless guests on Pop Idol following its launch

2001: The mogul developed a reputation for delivering caustic remarks to hapless guests on Pop Idol following its launch

2005: Cowell poses for an X Factor publicity photo in

2006: The pose is similar as he greets photographers at an American Idol party the following year

Don’t mind me: The pose is similar but the face looks marginally different as Cowell poses for an X Factor publicity photo in 2005 (L) and at an American Idol party in 2006 (R)

2012: Cowell once again commands attention while attending Britain's Got Talent auditions in London's Hammersmith

2012: Cowell once again commands attention while attending Britain’s Got Talent auditions in London’s Hammersmith 

2015: Career-smoker Cowell prepares to light up a cigarette as he leaves a private function in London

2015: Career-smoker Cowell prepares to light up a cigarette as he leaves a private function in London

2021: Cowell poses backstage at America's Got Talent Extreme

2022: His complexion was notably smoother in a recent social media post for Britain's Got Talent

2021-22: Cowell appears to have lost weight over the last 12 months, while the lines that previously defined his features have been smoothed out (L-R at America’s Got Talent Extreme and more recently in a Britain’s Got Talent social media post)

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