Simon Cowell 'so upset' over death of 'amazing' George Michael
Simon Cowell has told how he remembers where he was when he heard of the death of George Michael, who he described as "one of the best songwriters ever".
The Britain's Got Talent judge selected Michael's hit One More Try as one of his favourite songs when appearing on BBC Radio 2 presenter Ken Bruce's show.
The X Factor founder told Bruce: "You always remember where you were when you heard the news and I was on holiday.
"I was so upset because I've met George a couple of times.
"I found him to be really kind, genuine. He was an amazing person and he was one of the best songwriters ever."
He said it was a "toss-up" between the number one from album Faith and Praying for Time but selected the former because it "just typifies" Michael, who died on Christmas Day at the age of 53.
The 57-year-old also chose Bare Necessities from Disney's Jungle Book for Bruce's regular feature Tracks Of My Years.
In the interview, which will be broadcast throughout the week, Cowell also spoke about how being a father to Eric, three, has changed his outlook.
He said: "It gives you such a different perspective on life. Things that I thought were important, just aren't.
"Because I see a lot of things through his eyes now, I find everything to be a happier place."