Simon Cowell has found his successor as head judge on America’s Got Talent in his nine-year-old son Eric.
The 63-year-old is looking to the very far future, but as one of the most influential men in showbiz, it’s really no surprise he wants to plan for it.
Having his little mini-me take over one day would ensure that things would go on with the hit talent show as he would’ve wanted.
However, Eric wants to become a singer instead of a judge.
That isn’t stopping the former American Idol judge from training his son and teaching him the ropes of the business.
Cowell told the Daily Mail that Eric is already learning how to find promising entertainers.
The judge said: “Trust me, he is in training. He sits and watches the shows with me before they go out and I don’t ask him, but I look at his reaction because kids don’t lie.”
He continued: “If they are bored, they are bored and if they are interested in something, they are… And that’s really helped me actually. I hope he does what I do.”
However, Eric is far more interested in being the famous one, not the person who makes people famous.
Cowell added: “He has said the dreaded words, ‘Daddy, can I audition for you?’ And I’m like, ‘Oh, No!'”
The doting father revealed that the aspiring singer hopes to become part of a band one day too.
Cowell added: “He wants to be in a band. He likes Green Day. So, I’m like, ‘We’ll have this conversation later.’ He’s going to do what he wants to do.”
The television personality wants his son to replace him one day, but he made it clear that Eric wouldn’t ever receive any special treatment should he audition for him.
Eric is guaranteed to get the same tough criticism that Cowell is known for giving.
He said: “I’ve said to him, ‘If you are not good, you are not going on the show. And that means you’ve got to rehearse. Sorry, you have to take a lot of lessons, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.’
“He is like, ‘Okay.’ And then I think he lost interest, but I think he just, I don’t know. He’s just up for it for some reason. But if he’s terrible, no, you won’t see him on the show.”
If Eric does decide to follow in his father’s footsteps, Cowell will undoubtedly share advice on how to handle public negativity.
Cowell explained: “There will always be haters. I mean, genuinely. I will tell you I just don’t read it, I don’t read anything actually, to be honest with you. But I do meet a lot of people in my job when I go out and I meet people and everyone’s very nice to me, so it doesn’t really bother me.”