Storm Lee says Simon Cowell is a ‘nice guy off camera’

By Clare Carswell

FORMER X Factor hopeful Storm Lee Gardner has revealed that judge Simon Cowell is not as nasty as his on-screen persona may suggest.

The Edinburgh-born singer was on the receiving end of some harsh comments from Mr Cowell including being compared to “a singing fly”.

Despite this, Storm Lee said he holds no grudges and has confessed that the pair had a good relationship away from the cameras and described Simon as “a really nice guy”.

He said: “I had some really good chats with Simon.

“Off camera, he is a completely different character and a very nice guy. Continue reading

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Storm Lee and Simon Cowell are ‘so alike’ says brother

By Christine Lavelle

THE BROTHER of Scottish X Factor hopeful Storm Lee Gardner thinks he and judge Simon Cowell are bound to get along soon because they are “so alike”.

Cowell previously dubbed the 37-year-old singer “so annoying” and has been caught on camera repeatedly rolling his eyes and making fun of Storm Lee’s name.

But – the contestant’s brother Gary said he thinks it is all part of a love-hate relationship between the two.

He said: “Simon says he doesn’t like him and he has criticised my brother’s name a lot, but I think the real problem is they’re so alike. Continue reading

La Favorita serves up AA Rosette win for wood-fired pizza

By Shaun Milne

A SCOTS restaurant has been judged one of the best in the country after winning a top food gong – for serving up PIZZA.

La Favorita in Edinburgh has been crowned with a prestigious One Star AA Rosette usually only reserved for such famous high end eateries as The Witchery and The Tower.

And it makes it the first pizzeria EVER to pick up the accolade in Scotland.La Favorita 2

Judges made a sneak visit to the Leith Walk restaurant on September 4 and said they were blown away by its traditional wood-burning pizza ovens, fresh use of ingredients and service.

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And last night jubilant owner Tony Crolla – who says he wants to have the best pizza restaurant in Britain – laughed that he could now set his sights on bagging a Michelin star to complete the set.

He grinned: “I’m surprised at receiving this award as we didn’t know the inspectors had been here – but at the same time I’m not surprised because I think we are one of the best restaurants out there.

“It is very flattering. “In particular, it’s very pleasing to be the first pizzeria to feature in these awards and to know we’re rubbing shoulders with other well-known names in the restaurant world.” Continue reading