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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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31.

campy    

I'll still watch X-Factor but let it be known, Simon Cowell is a buffoon.

730 days ago
32.

Celeb Gossip Addict    

I can't wait for the season to start. There's a few hopefuls from the auditions I saw that I really hope make it.

730 days ago
33.

minnietx    

Mandarin!! Travel much?

730 days ago
34.

R    

...

730 days ago
35.

scoopie    

so much for his bad guy image

730 days ago
36.

CN    

Cowell didn't pay for sh*t. Either he will write it off as a business expense, or the Mandarin is in on it for publicity. Everybody wins, and the public thinks Simon's a great guy!

730 days ago
37.

Roaie    

Too bad he didn't spring for the regular hotel guests! That invasion ruined my stay. They sang in the halls at all hours, jammed the elevators, mobbed the lobby. The hotel was not prepared at all for this.

730 days ago
38.

Ihavethexfactor    

Auditioning next year!

730 days ago
39.

Brooke    

This is how I define Simon cowell Simon Cowell: rich bastard

730 days ago
40.

Artist    

Had no idea they had so much vacant inventory...Real Estate Agent, Miami Beach

730 days ago
41.

Rooster    

Can you say business write off?

730 days ago
42.

Wealthybum    

Why can't I just win a ****load of money?

730 days ago
43.

.    

Someone is very generous toward 160... people . . .
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But, a lot of you still find a way to complain.
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Never satisfied !!

730 days ago
44.

virgolady    

Nothing like "Giving BACK!" Way to go Simon. Now THAT'S CLASS!

730 days ago
45.

nick    

you gotta spend money to get it. he understands this. if you think about it thats 500000 and more going into the economy. also dont bring up irrelevant topics such as the 'green revolution' opening cans of worms just for attention is stupid

730 days ago
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