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Simon Cowell

Drops $500k to Pamper

'X Factor' Finalists

7/26/2012 2:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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You know you're rich when ... you spend $500,000 to upgrade 160 "X Factor" contestants to a "nicer" hotel simply because you felt like it -- like Simon Cowell just did.

It all went down in Miami ... where the 160 wannabes who made it past the audition rounds are competing for 32 coveted spots.

Sources tell us ... Cowell -- who created the show -- decided he wanted to reward the contestants for making it this far ... and didn't want them slumming in a "regular" hotel.

So he upgraded ALL of the contestants to the exclusive Mondrian Miami South Beach Hotel ... and promised to cover everyone's meals during the audition process.

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We're told Simon's expecting the total bill to run somewhere in the $500k range ... which would probably sting ... if he wasn't a gazillionaire.

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I LOVE MY NIPPLES    

I could have SO easily have won X Factor this year...They have a serious problem finding REAL talent!

818 days ago
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Areader    

How cool is that!

818 days ago
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tootheache    

Wh even watches that show? Or Idol? Some lonely old grandmothers who watch everything? Can't imagine.


I never laid eyes on it.

818 days ago
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LDB    

He should've donated that money to the poor...like to me for instance.

818 days ago
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Susie    

Isn't it the Mandarin Hotel? Spell check much?

818 days ago
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phelanphantastic    

Why can't he help me. I'm the one who is dying....

818 days ago
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kerrplunk    

Is that £ ??

818 days ago
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roll3567    

It's a classy move, but also a business decision. No one spends $500k unless they know they will make 10x that in return. Savvy ~

818 days ago
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1    

My mother use to say, it's an old German saying, that the devil always takes a dump on the biggest pile. Let's hope the contestants are worth it.

818 days ago
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amazinglybored    

So he gets good press and then he'll write it off as a business expense, clever.

818 days ago
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Really People?    

Nice to have so much money

818 days ago
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mrdobach    

Think of the people you could feed with that money

818 days ago
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campy    

It's simply offensive how wealthy this man is. Moreover, his sense of civic responsibility has fallen by the wayside it appears. $500,000 could feed starving homeless people. It could be spent on public education which continues to land on the chopping block, almost routinely. Oh! But wait. He's a limey Brit isn't he? Bad weather, worse food.....BRITTAIN?

818 days ago
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1    

Yes, think of all the starving people in the world. And the starving corporations. It's sad. But we are getting there. Minus all the ugly bits. Let's distract ourselves with buying clothes and shoes. Disneyland for dying soldiers, securing our prosperity. And this is just referring to the soldiers out there, doing there bit for their country, may it be cooking up some noodles or just being awfully nice :-)

818 days ago
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RedwoodPerch    

He can afford it because his show constantly gets free advertising from articles about stupid antics. This article being a good example.

818 days ago
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