Westlife compare Simon Cowell to hypnotist

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 20 November 2010
Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell

Westlife think Simon Cowell is like a ''hypnotist'' because of the way he is able to persuade them to do things

Simon Cowell is like a "hypnotist".

The music mogul never ceases to amaze Westlife - one of the artists he helps look after through their record label - with his ability to quickly persuade them that his ideas are the best course of action for their careers.

The group's Mark Feehily said: "He can actually get inside your mind, and make you feel that your career can get much better if you take his choice.

"He's got similarities to a hypnotist! But he's a good guy."

Although the band - which also includes Shane Filan, Nicky Byrne and Kian Egan - think Simon likes to make decisions about them, they believe their decision to take a year off in 2008 made them more focused and able to take control of situations.

Kian said: "Taking a year off in 2008 made a huge difference. We went home and came back feeling like a new band. We also started insisting on stuff we hadn't before like new songwriters and new producers.

Mark added: "We discovered the word 'no' basically."


Your final chance to catch the stool-bound balladry of Westlife, the boyband that outlived all their peers, as they head on their (never ending) final tour promoting their Greatest Hits collection.

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