On Saturday, Rita Ora, Leona Lewis and Paloma Faith were among the hit-making music stars seen making their way into a West London studio to record a charity single for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire in London.
The singers singers are among the list of stars tapped to join Cowell in recording a cover of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” to raise funds for all those affected by the blaze which tore through the tower block on Wednesday morning.
After a frantic 24 hours, Simon compiled a supergroup of A-list names who will record a cover of the Simon & Garfunkel classic that’s reportedly to be released on Monday.
Simon confirmed One Direction star Liam Payne, The Who, Emile Sande, Louisa Johnson, Craig David, James Arthur, plus London rappers Skepta and Stormzy will feature and is hopeful of adding more names ahead of the recording on Sunday, adding: “Until that last note has been finished, we will not be off the phone.”
The X Factor boss, 57, said: “We started 24 hours ago and already we’re getting calls coming in, mainly from Brits. “A lot of London artists, people like Skepta, Stormzy, Emile Sande, The London Community Gospel Choir, all wanted to be involved.”
Simon lives close-by in West London and he admitted seeing the aftermath of the disaster first-hand only made him more determined to raise as much money as possible. “I drove up very near it, because you can’t get too close, but when you see it first hand it really does it hit you which is one of the reasons why I wanted to do this so quickly. You sit there, you’re looking at the that, and then go back and watch the news and you think, ‘what the f**k do you do?’
“I thought this is the best thing because it’s quick and I’ve done it before. Normally when you do this things it’s start a wave.”
He added: “It was shocking. A, to see how close it was and, B, looking at the other ones still standing and you think, ‘God it could be them next.’”