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This story appears in the Nov. 11 issue of The Hollywood Reporter.
Have you seen those dressing rooms?” grouses Simon Cowell. “The shiny floor, no windows … I’ve got to be honest, they’re the worst I’ve ever seen.”
The X Factor creator is referring to the 12-by-12 standard-issue CBS Television City box he called home on American Idol for seven years (former judge Kara DioGuardi described her room as a “utility closet”). He eventually graduated to a trailer parked on the lot, a predecessor to the 40-ton, two-story, 1,100-square-foot behemoth he’s renting this year. Its purpose: to host meetings and provide a private wardrobe and makeup area.
Indeed, Cowell spends as many as six days a week in what he considers a “fully fledged working office,” sometimes till as late as 11 p.m. “It’s like Pimp My Trailer,” says Cowell. No kidding.
Among the highlights: Not one, but three 60-plus-inch 3D TVs, mIrrored ceilings, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, with Italian leather and touch screens throughout.
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