British music mogul Simon Cowell took a break from dishing out his harsh judgments on talent contest on Thursday (07OCT04) American Idol to celebrate his 45th birthday.

Cowell and his fellow judges Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson were in San Francisco, California, auditioning singing hopefuls, when producers surprised him with a birthday cake.

Cowell was also handed a cake from his model and TV presenter girlfriend Terri Seymour, prompting Abdul to hand-feed him a chunk of it.

The favour was returned when Cowell sucked on Abdul's finger in front of Seymour.

10/10/2004 10:18