For media mogul and celebrity judge Simon Cowell, the Israel Defense Forces, it seems, has the X factor.
Cowell, best known for his acid-tongued judgments on “American Idol” and “The X Factor,” attended a fundraiser for Israeli soldiers on Wednesday and shelled out $150,000 of his own money for the cause. The event was hosted by billionaire Haim Saban, the Israeli creator of “Power Rangers.”
According to the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces — a New York City-headquartered nonprofit that raises millions for the well-being of Israeli men and women in uniform — Cowell was on hand for the Los Angeles event earlier this week, which was also attended by Grammy-Award winning singer Lionel Richie, who crooned for the crowd.
The event brought in a total of $20 million, including a single $4.5-million donation from the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, according to the Jewish daily Forward.
And according to other media reports, Cowell was coaxed into singing the theme song from the “Power Rangers” by Saban himself, who offered to donate $1 million if the ornery judge joined in a duet of “Go Go Power Rangers” for the delighted crowd. Cowell, reportedly, complied.