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The music mogul wishes Gareth Gates had won Pop Idol and explains why he doesn't get on with Will.
Simon's revealed that he still finds it difficult to watch the footage from the final, despite being over a decade since it was aired.
Speaking on 'The Talent Show', an ITV documentary, he says: 'I still to this day can’t watch the final back because I was really really disappointed. I really liked Gareth and wanted him to win.'
Cowell continued to lay into Will Young, who he calls 'obnoxious' and 'full of himself.'
[After meeting Will Young] "I thought this will be interesting. You don't like me, I don't like you… and nothing has changed particularly."
He also revealed that he warmed to Gareth Gates instantly. "When he walked in I immediately hoped he could sing, he looked great... and then he couldn’t talk."
Meanwhile, Simon is currently on holiday in Barbados aboard his £400,000 a week super yacht called 'Slipstream'.