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Simon Cowell Grants Young Girl's Final Wish
Pop Eater ^ | Jun 9th 2010 07:00AM

Posted on 06/09/2010 5:33:30 PM PDT by woofie

Simon Cowell fulfilled five-year-old Bethany Fenton's final wish before she lost her battle with a brain tumor. She achieved her dream of singing 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' for Cowell when she visited the 'Britain's Got Talent' studios in North London ahead of Saturday's finale on June 5 and even met some of the finalists in the competition. Following her exciting day, the young girl told UK's Daily Mail, "I loved them all, especially Kieran, who asked for my wristband to give us both luck ... Simon let me sing 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' to him. He's so nice and I love him."

Last year, she was diagnosed with a grade three to four anaplastic astrocytoma brain tumor. A second MRI scan last year revealed the tumor had grown and began seriously affecting her.

The youngster fought the illness for over a year and had been through radiotherapy and chemotherapy. She passed away Tuesday afternoon, June 8, at the Helen House Hospice in Oxford after a sudden deterioration in her condition at home.


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Gotta admit ...this story got to me
1 posted on 06/09/2010 5:33:30 PM PDT by woofie
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To: woofie

That was a pretty nice thing for him to do.....Good to see he has some heart....


3 posted on 06/09/2010 5:35:05 PM PDT by jakerobins
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To: woofie

Heart wrenching. Also I didnt know Simon Cowell had it in him, this changes my opinion vastly.


4 posted on 06/09/2010 5:36:16 PM PDT by valkyry1
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To: woofie; Pride in the USA; Stillwaters
Gotta admit ...this story got to me

Me too. Though it's often hard to see, I always suspect that there's a pretty decent guy underneath all of Cowell's snarkiness.

5 posted on 06/09/2010 5:36:24 PM PDT by lonevoice (If Fox News is the only outlet reporting it, did it really happen?)
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6 posted on 06/09/2010 5:38:49 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Those That Turn Their Swords into Plows Will Plow For Those That Don't.)
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To: lonevoice

Prayers for Bethany and her family


7 posted on 06/09/2010 5:40:16 PM PDT by woofie
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To: woofie
I think the guy's an old softie at the core of him, he just can't let it slip thru the cracks in his line of work, or he'd get eaten alive. So, he compensates by being a bastard.

Who among us doesn't, from time to time?

"But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away, for his name is Obama."

8 posted on 06/09/2010 5:40:43 PM PDT by Viking2002
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To: valkyry1
You just never can tell.

>>>snip<<<

It was recently revealed Cowell - who is believed to be worth $200 million - will leave $180 million to charity in his will.

The 48-year-old star, who has no children, will leave the mammoth sum to a selection of organizations helping children and animals.

>>>snip<<<

2008 article about Cowell's philanthropy

9 posted on 06/09/2010 5:41:02 PM PDT by lonevoice (If Fox News is the only outlet reporting it, did it really happen?)
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To: valkyry1
Just because someone has the guts to tell the truth and not worry about what others think, doesn't mean they don't have feelings or a heart.
10 posted on 06/09/2010 5:42:15 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Epic Fail)
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To: woofie

beautiful.. Simon you rock!


11 posted on 06/09/2010 5:42:52 PM PDT by Ancient Drive (DRINK COFFEE! - Do Stupid Things Faster with More Energy!)
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To: silent_jonny

Your American Idol ping list might appreciate this


12 posted on 06/09/2010 5:44:00 PM PDT by lonevoice (If Fox News is the only outlet reporting it, did it really happen?)
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To: woofie

I have heard that people who have met Simon say that he is a nice guy in real life. So I’m not totally surprised by this story.

Watch American Idol go down the tubes next year without Simon.


13 posted on 06/09/2010 5:48:39 PM PDT by Ticonderoga34 (Free Obama's Birth Certificate!)
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To: woofie
I don't blame Simon for telling some of those Idiots on American Idol off!

That said, he has a big heart and is really, really a good guy.

14 posted on 06/09/2010 5:48:49 PM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife )(Save the Brown Pelican)
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To: woofie

Deeply touching story.


15 posted on 06/09/2010 5:49:25 PM PDT by steelyourfaith (America should take a mulligan on the 2008 presidential election.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

//Just because someone has the guts to tell the truth and not worry about what others think, doesn’t mean they don’t have feelings or a heart//

I have been there and that is true but I only saw the show few times so I did not have much to make an impression with.


16 posted on 06/09/2010 5:50:33 PM PDT by valkyry1
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To: woofie

Somebody, Simon, has to tell these morons the truth, “your singing is forgettable”.

Prayers for Bethany.


17 posted on 06/09/2010 5:51:01 PM PDT by 23 Everest (0bama! America's Conduit To Destruction)
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To: lonevoice

Just wow.


18 posted on 06/09/2010 5:51:07 PM PDT by valkyry1
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To: woofie

I love Simon. He’s an animal nut too. Being hot doesn’t hurt either.


19 posted on 06/09/2010 5:52:02 PM PDT by Raebie
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To: Ticonderoga34
I have heard that people who have met Simon say that he is a nice guy in real life. So I’m not totally surprised by this story.

He never struck me as mean on the show. His candor is just so unusual in this politically correct era that no one knows how to deal with it.

They lost me completely when they added Ellen, though.

MM (in TX)

20 posted on 06/09/2010 5:52:32 PM PDT by MississippiMan (http://gogmagogblog.wordpress.com/)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

“Just because someone has the guts to tell the truth and not worry about what others think, doesn’t mean they don’t have feelings or a heart.”

Exactly. You’d think conservatives would believe that telling the truth, tho it might hurt, would be preferable to leading someone on to believe s/he has talent when that is not the case.

The saddest contestants I’ve seen on American Idol are at the tryouts where there are those who’ve been assured all their lives that they have incredible talent, when they just don’t. Not unlike students who are told they are so bright, when in the bigger world they are, at best, average.


21 posted on 06/09/2010 5:52:35 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: valkyry1

Infinite sadness... Wonderful beauty...


22 posted on 06/09/2010 5:53:29 PM PDT by Treeless Branch
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To: Ancient Drive

Good for you Simon.


23 posted on 06/09/2010 5:53:36 PM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: jakerobins

Actually he has conservative leanings in his politics.


24 posted on 06/09/2010 5:54:31 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free, Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: wally_bert

Simon’s a conservative. I saw a show on his life story, he started with nothing, worked for free just to get into the business, was a low level runner in the music business, scouted talent, went out on his own, made some money, then lost it all, and went from Mansions to back to living with his parents, got it together, went back out and made himself what he is today. Very hard worker, his life story is inspiring.

Good for Simon, our prayers go out to you little girl, God bless


25 posted on 06/09/2010 5:56:47 PM PDT by Scythian
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To: woofie

I have to wonder if this dear sweet child had been the American health care system from the moment that her parents noticed that something was “off” about her, might she have been saved? I know nothing about the tumor that took her, but I have heard plenty about the system that cared for her.

Please Lord save our children from this regime and illnesses that can be cured. And bless Mr Cowell for the kindness showed to this child.


26 posted on 06/09/2010 5:56:59 PM PDT by lovesdogs
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To: woofie

Simon’s telling the truth to the contestants who stink is a good thing. I don’t see why anyone thinks that would make him repulsive.


27 posted on 06/09/2010 6:00:34 PM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: Ticonderoga34
I've always liked Simon, even when he got “snarky” with contestants. More often than not his advice was dead on, he just had a thorny way of delivering the message sometimes. AI is in trouble without him; but I am looking forward to the “X Factor”.
28 posted on 06/09/2010 6:06:54 PM PDT by MWestMom (Tread carefully, truth lies here.)
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To: lovesdogs

Amen to both!


29 posted on 06/09/2010 6:07:31 PM PDT by MWestMom (Tread carefully, truth lies here.)
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To: Scythian

I vaguely remember some of his life story now that you mention it. I knew there were more reasons to like the guy. Jeremy Clarkson is my other favorite Brit entertainer/performer/commentator/etc.


30 posted on 06/09/2010 6:07:36 PM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: woofie

God Bless.


31 posted on 06/09/2010 6:09:17 PM PDT by chris37
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To: woofie

Simon Cowell does ALOT of good things for people, he makes a concerted effort of keeping it as quiet as possible because he is not doing it for the publicity but to help.

He might have a well cultivated image of being a heartless bastard, but he really is not.


32 posted on 06/09/2010 6:09:30 PM PDT by Nahanni
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To: woofie

Poor girl. R.I.P.


33 posted on 06/09/2010 6:11:54 PM PDT by rbosque (11 year Freeper! Combat Economist.)
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To: woofie

It was nice of him to do. I don’t think I could have done it without shedding a lot of tears. And, yes, I’m a guy.


34 posted on 06/09/2010 6:13:43 PM PDT by rbg81 (DRAIN THE SWAMP!!)
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To: woofie

“Let the little children come unto Me.”


35 posted on 06/09/2010 6:17:30 PM PDT by Lobsterback
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To: Scythian

I saw that show on Simon’s life, too...very inspiring story. Though his family was well off, I loved how his mother made him start out in the mail room if he wanted to work in the music biz. And how after he lost it all, he returned home to live with his folks without money to pay the cab fare.


36 posted on 06/09/2010 6:28:08 PM PDT by Miss Didi ("After all...tomorrow is another day." Scarlett O'Hara, Gone with the Wind)
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To: woofie

Ouch, that strikes at one’s heart.


37 posted on 06/09/2010 6:34:18 PM PDT by yield 2 the right
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To: Nahanni

That’s the way it’s supposed to be done. As far as being honest, he knows firsthand how the music biz can “chew up and spit someone out”.


38 posted on 06/09/2010 7:05:52 PM PDT by kickonly88 (I love fossil fuel!)
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To: jakerobins

Here in L.A., one of my buddies works for Fox. Inside the studios, Simon Cowell is known as a good guy who talks to the crew when no one’s paying attention...Simon is also brutally honest.

The ones who are really hated are the “other 2” who are the primadonnas on the set.


39 posted on 06/09/2010 7:51:20 PM PDT by max americana
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Simon: Good on ya, mate. I had no clue as to who you really are, but glad as all get out that you helped this little girl achieve some sort of happiness in her life.


40 posted on 06/09/2010 8:34:08 PM PDT by Utilizer (What does not kill you... -can sometimes damage you QUITE severely.)
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To: MWestMom
I've always liked Simon, even when he got “snarky” with contestants. More often than not his advice was dead on, he just had a thorny way of delivering the message sometimes.

Yup. You'll notice that the ones who actually listen to what he tells them during the competition do much better than those who don't. Most of the time, a agree completely with what he had to say.

41 posted on 06/09/2010 8:41:49 PM PDT by zeugma (Waco taught me everything I needed to know about the character of the U.S. Government.)
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To: lonevoice

Thanks


42 posted on 06/10/2010 5:52:46 AM PDT by silent_jonny ("the multitude warned them that they should be quiet; but they cried out all the more" - Matt. 20:31)
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As always, if you want on or off this ping list, just let me know :)

43 posted on 06/10/2010 5:54:31 AM PDT by silent_jonny ("the multitude warned them that they should be quiet; but they cried out all the more" - Matt. 20:31)
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Very nice....


44 posted on 06/10/2010 7:07:42 AM PDT by Fawn (I LOVE Arizona!)
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The ones who are really hated are the “other 2” who are the primadonnas on the set.

Randy? Kara? Ellen? Or Ryan? C'mon, spill it! :-D

45 posted on 06/10/2010 7:18:13 AM PDT by Nea Wood (Silly liberal . . . paychecks are for workers!)
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To: silent_jonny

That Simon-he’s such a softie underneath that cocky, tough exterior!


46 posted on 06/10/2010 7:35:35 AM PDT by slugbug (A taxpayer voting for Barack Obama is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders.)
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To: silent_jonny

Very inspiring for all of us. You don’t have to have a lot to bring joy to someone.


47 posted on 06/10/2010 8:04:27 AM PDT by twin2
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What a kind thing to do for this little angel, may her family find comfort that she got to sing for her song.

48 posted on 06/10/2010 8:07:53 AM PDT by SunnyUsa (I'm not one of those "who are we to judge?" people)
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To: woofie
What we have to realize, is that we are not all jerks,we are men.

We make deciscions that are some times unpopular, but in the end we are just human....

I'm glad Simon was able to help.

49 posted on 06/10/2010 8:14:34 AM PDT by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing....except not doing it sooner!)
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Thanks for the ping, Jonny~~

Truly heartwarming. I’ve always liked Simon—even when he pi$$es me off. ;^)


50 posted on 06/10/2010 8:56:55 AM PDT by Shelayne
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