Simon Cowell having a baby race with One Direction's Louis Tomlinson

Published Monday, Nov 11 2013, 17:43 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Simon Cowell has joked there's a race on between him and One Direction's Louis Tomlinson to see which household welcomes a baby first.

X Factor boss Simon is expecting his first child with girlfriend Lauren Silverman, while Louis' mum Johannah is pregnant.

Chatting with reporters in the US this week (via People), expectant father Simon said: "I was just texting with Louis Tomlinson last night because his mum is pregnant and is going to have the baby the same time as Lauren.

"So it's like, who is going to go first? I think I am going to win."

Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman out and about in New York, America - 19 Sep 2013

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Simon and girlfriend Lauren.

Louis Tomlinson
One Direction leave the BBC Radio 1 studios after being announced as the headline act for this years Radio 1 Teen Awards
London, England - 20.08.12
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Louis Tomlinson.

Simon also admitted that while plenty of things will have to change when Baby Cowell arrives, he won't be giving up his cigarettes anytime soon.

"There are a lot of boring things that happen when you have a baby. [You have to get rid of] sharp edges, cigarettes, alcohol … then there's [baby-proofing] the toilet. But I'll have a smoking room!"

Hmm, we wonder what Lauren will have to say about that!

Simon did admit on America's Arsenio Hall Show recently that he would try to quit for the sake of his unborn child.

Simon Cowell and Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne of One Direction, X Factor finalist photocall
London, England - 09.12.10

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Back in the day! Simon in 2010 with One Direction (l-r) Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik and Niall Horan.

The music mogul has been busy on the US version of X Factor but found time to film a video message for the UK edition at the weekend. Simon appeared via videolink to tell the remaining contestants that they'd all made the Live Tour!

"You've got to be focused, you've got to be amazing and you've got to sell millions of records. Good luck," he said.

Abi Alton was eliminated from the UK show last night after she landed in the bottom two alongside Hannah Barrett.

Although Simon isn't serving as a judge on the current series of X Factor UK, he has been keeping a close eye on the progress and hasn't been afraid to tweet his feelings on the judges' decisions.

When Miss Dynamix were sent home over Hannah Barrett earlier in the competition, he tweeted that he didn't understand the judges' reasoning.

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