Simon Cowell dethrones Queen in Britain

simon_cowell_1.jpgSharp-tongued American Idol judge Simon Cowell has topped a recent survey among British children in which they ranked him as more famous than God or the Queen. The annual survey polled 1,600 youngsters under 10 years of age. In the U.K., Cowell is best known for hosting The X Factor, a show that allows people of all ages to show their singing talent. Last year, Queen Elizabeth was ranked highest, with God in second place. This year, God retained second place, with the Queen in third. Sadly, when the kids were asked what they would do if they could rule the world, the most popular answer was to ban divorce. Divorce was also listed second in the list of the worst things in the world, after “being fat.” The nationwide research was carried out by Luton First, sponsors and organizers of the fourth annual National Kids’ Day.

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  1. Jo-Anne. • December 17, 2008 @ 12:17 PM

    How very telling and tragic that under ten “being fat” is the WORST thing a child can envision happening to them.

  2. Nancy • December 17, 2008 @ 12:20 PM

    That old hag has been “dethroned” for a long time, in my books!! 😛 I thought Princess Diana was a wonderful person and like it or not people, I still believe that Queenie and her big nosed son Charlie played a huge role in Diana’s death!!

  3. Adrian • December 17, 2008 @ 12:21 PM

    It’s also a wakeup call to people who get divorced and remarry. It’s a nightmare for kids. They’d rather have both of their own parents living with them. More people should work on their marriages instead of gazing at their navel and saying, “Am I happy?” Instead, they should be asking if their kids are happy and being nice to their spouses. It comes back tenfold, folks, if you just make the effort. (Unless you’re with an abuser, then you have no choice but to get the hell out of there – with the kids).

  4. Whatever • December 17, 2008 @ 11:26 PM

    to all those people who think marriage is a dying institution….your children are telling you it’s not.

  5. Jo-Anne. • December 19, 2008 @ 3:29 PM

    Whatever, agree
    those who regard it as a “dying institution” most likely have not fared well in wedlock

    Adrian, good points as well. However, I do believe there are a few other valid reasons on the list, yes, along with abuse, where people chose to leave a relationship, but I believe, given a choice, most children would want to have both their parents raising them under the same roof in a LOVING household.

  6. tributegirl • December 19, 2008 @ 6:55 PM

    I don’t think anyone would argue with that.

  7. Nancy • December 19, 2008 @ 8:30 PM

    Some people just don’t get along and it is better for them AND for the kids if they live apart. There are quite a few “good” reasons for divorce, not just abuse but, yes, many people do not take their wedding vows very seriously…probably why the majority prefer not to get married at all, it’s easier to get out.

  8. tributegirl • December 19, 2008 @ 9:13 PM

    That’s right, and not getting along is one of those “valid reasons”. Sometimes the parents NOT being together is actually what is best for the kids.

  9. Whatever • December 21, 2008 @ 11:26 AM

    i dont believe that not getting along is a good reason for a divorce. you were both adults when you got married so its not like you were forced into it. it takes a lot of hard work and a lot of sacrifices to make a marriage work.
    whats best for the kids is to have two parents together under one roof, whether its at times loving and at other times, not loving. everyone fights realy, but the thing is to forgive and grow. thats what children need to see these days. forgiving parents and not vengeful adults who set the bar for their children. so instead of learning to forgive, they learn to run away from their problems and indulge in themselves instead of trying to love the other.

  10. tributegirl • December 21, 2008 @ 1:49 PM

    Yeah, but some people REALLY don’t get along, and often one person tries and the other doesn’t, so in those cases, it’s pretty hard to stay together, and if they do,it’s not always what’s best for the kids. I grew up very lucky, I never once saw my parents fight, they’ve been married for 48 years.

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