Cowell to name baby after Dad?
Simon Cowell is reportedly planning to name his new baby Eric or Erica, in a tribute to his late father.
The TV mogul, who is expecting his first child with New York socialite Lauren Silverman, wants to honour his dad, who died of a heart attack in 1999.
A source told The Daily Star: "If it's a boy, Simon wants to call him Eric and if it's a girl, Erica. His dad meant the world to him and Simon feels the name would be a fitting tribute."
The insider said that Lauren has not decided on a name yet, but is taking Simon's input "very seriously."
They added: "Lauren likes it as it's unusual in America, and quite stylish too. She also feels Erica's a cool name for a girl."
Simon - who has reunited with Lauren in St Tropez for the first time since the reports - has revealed his father, who worked as a record label executive, got him on the road to showbusiness after helping him land a job in the EMI postroom.
"My dad was a brilliant mentor," the 53-year-old has said.