Sharon Osbourne, aka “Mrs. O,” is the reigning Queen Mother of “The X Factor UK” judging panel. She has class. She has sass. And, her signature style simply can’t be ignored. That’s why aspiring artists all over the world love her, including this season’s crop of “X Factor UK” hopefuls. Who can blame them?
Sure, Sharon’s critiques can sometimes be blunt and maybe even a tad crude. Remember when she exclaimed, “Oh my lord! You look like a toilet roll cover!” when last season’s “living doll” Sada Vidoo entered the audition room? And what about the times she just can’t stop laughing, like with 2013 contender Andrew “Messy Pants” Muirhead, who sent her into a laughing fit with his “Air Hostess” audition. Plus, she arguably delivers a shock-and-awe expression better than any of her judging panel peers. (Check out the attached video to see some great examples!)
Mrs. O may be the wife of one of the biggest heavy metal superstars on the planet, but she’s anything but “hard” at the core. Some of her best “X Factor” moments have come when her soft, maternal instinct shines through, like recently, with season 14 contestant Kaleigh Taylor who made self-deprecating remarks about her own weight. Kaleigh is extremely talented and being the music industry power player that she is, Mrs. O has a keen eye for talent. But, she’s also a devoted mother. At the end of Kaleigh’s stunning “My Immortal” audition Sharon said, “Can I tell you something missus, stop all the crap about the weight. It doesn’t matter, it’s who you are. If you want it to be. And if you’re comfortable, show it.”
Sharon is a tenacious mentor and loyal to a fault to the acts she has guided through multiple seasons of the UK’s beloved reality singing competition, as well as on “America’s Got Talent.” She’s also a shrewd businesswoman, having managed the careers of stars like her hubby Ozzy Osbourne, Gary Moore, Lita Ford, and The Smashing Pumpkins to huge success.
She is also open, honest, clever, and astute in her observations. She has generously shared her own personal struggles in high-profile settings (like her Emmy-winning talk show “The Talk), in hopes others may draw inspiration. She’s red-carpet glamorous and incredibly real. She’s vivacious yet easily-moved. She’s cried numerous times in “X Factor” history, including during season 13 contender Christian Burrows’ emotional audition tribute to his baby brother who passed away.
As one of “The X Factor UK’s” original series judges, fans and critics alike are thrilled Sharon is back on her regal judges throne this season. Here are some interesting facts you may not know about the Divine Mrs. O:
•Alongside Ozzy, Sharron founded Ozzfest in 1996.
•She co-authored her first autobiography, “Extreme,” with Penelope Dening and it shot to No. 1 on the “Sunday Times” bestseller list in the UK.
•She was voted “Most Amazing Woman of 2003” by handbag.com.
•As a colon cancer survivor, Sharon established a colon cancer program at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai.
•Her three children, Aimee, Kelly and Jack were born 13 months apart.
•In 2005, she released an all-star cover of Eric Clapton’s emotional “Tears in Heaven” single to benefit Save the Children’s efforts to help the Asian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina survivors. The track featured Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne, Elton John, Mary J. Blige, Rod Stewart, Gwen Stefani, Steven Tyler, Robert Downey, Jr., Phil Collins and more.