BGT's Simon Cowell out of action for up to six months after bike crash back surgery complications

CROCKED Simon Cowell will be out of action for up to six months after back surgery complications.

The Britain’s Got Talent judge, 61, is on high-strength drugs to ease the pain and needs a full-time nurse.

He will not return to the UK until spring and has been too unwell to record a video message for tonight’s live final.

Simon is having intensive physio two months after breaking his back falling from his electric bike.

He is walking in his garden and doing pool exercises to improve mobility. A pal said last night: “It’s been a rough few weeks.

“Simon’s a fighter and fairly gung-ho. Naturally, he thought he’d be out of action for a few weeks and then, if not doing iron man contests, at least be back on the showbiz circuit.

“Instead, he’s had a setback from surgery to fuse two vertebrae and it has proven more complicated than a standard break.”

Doctors have prescribed the Malibu-based star drugs including morphine as is standard in the US.

Girlfriend Lauren Silverman and son Eric, six, are keeping up his spirits. The pal added: “He’s on the mend and trying to be patient which is not something that comes terribly naturally to him.”

The Sun told of Simon’s accident in August.

He said then: “Some good advice, if you buy an electric trail bike, read the manual before you ride it for the first time. I’ve broken part of my back. Thanks for all the your kind messages.”

He has not been seen in public since he was pictured in the back of his Rolls-Royce on August 24.

Simon’s team hoped he would be fit enough for the BGT finale.

When that was ruled out they planned on the video message — now that, too, has been canned.

A source added: “Simon is joking and in decent spirits.

“But he’s also quite vain and the idea of going on national TV with no studio make-up, and while on heavy-duty medication, didn’t appeal. So, unfortunately, he had to decline producers’ requests.”

Simon has ditched his vegetarian diet in a bid to build his strength and has been emailing via iPad since he has no phone.

Yesterday, BGT was rocked by news that a production worker had tested positive for Covid.

The male staffer fell ill on Monday, self-isolated and was told he had the virus yesterday. An insider said: “All the judges, senior execs and crew were told but there were no super-spreader concerns as he hadn’t been down to the set.

“No chances were taken and the need for social distancing was reinforced, and everyone was reminded of the importance of no hugging or showbiz air kisses.”

BGT’S FINAL 5

The Britain's Got Talent final line-up and what the bookies are saying about their chances of victory.

AARON & JASMINE – 80/1

LONDON-based dance duo Aaron Brown and Jasmine Takacs blew the judges away with their Latin routines.

In the semi-final, the pair, 28 and 32, beat spooky dance group The Coven.

Jasmine said: “We have dedicated all our lives to this.”

NABIL – 5/2

STAND-UP Nabil Abdulrashid, 35, from South London, won Alesha’s golden buzzer but his blend of comedy and comment had a mixed public response.

His semi act on race and religion got 700-plus complaints.

STEVE ROYLE – 20/1

STEVE Royle is a comedian, actor and juggler from Chorley, Gtr Manchester.

The first to get through, he does bring a nice mix to this year’s final.

MAGICAL BONES

MAGICIAN Magical Bones, 38, real name Richard Essien, made the judges cry when his girlfriend and son, two, appeared in the semi-final.

Let’s hope his dancing and tricks aren’t seen as smoke and mirrors.

JOHN COURTENAY – 7/2

COMEDIAN Jon Courtenay won Ant and Dec’s golden buzzer in the auditions, thanks to his original song about his life.

The musician, from Manchester, 47, left judges laughing and crying.

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