Simon Cowell put a brave face on his burglary trauma as he appeared on the X Factor last night.
The show boss made a crack about the devastating event that saw crooks break into his house at 2am while his family slept to steal cash and jewellery.
Cowell, girlfriend Lauren Silverman and son Eric were at the £35million mansion when the burglars struck.
But Simon laughed it off last night, joking after Reggie and Bollie’s performance: “Very appropriate the night after I get burgled, thanks Cheryl!”
The double act sang Locked Away by R City featuring Adam Levine.
A security guard who was sitting in a car nearby drove after a suspicious-looking person he saw in the street.
M’Bathonha Mendes told our sister paper the Sunday Mirror: “The adrenaline just kicked in. He was trying to get something out of the bag and I ran up to him, put my hand on his shoulder and said, ‘Wait a second’.
“He jumped and then dropped the bag and ran.”
He said that the bag “felt like there was a lot of jewellery in it”.
The burglary is said to have shaken the Cowell family seriously.
A source said: “It was clearly a very traumatic incident. Simon is just relieved that his family was safe and all right. Their safety is his number one priority.”
Police rushed to the luxury house in Holland Park, West London, but the burglars had fled.
Meanwhile, Cowell does not have any acts left in this year’s competition, which will come to a close with next weekend’s grand final.
Rita Ora’s two girls Lauren Murray and Louisa Johnson, Nick Grimshaw’s boy Che Chesterman and the one remaining group Reggie ‘N’ Bollie all want to make it to the end but one act will be eliminated tonight.
While Cowell was left unimpressed after Reggie’N’ Bollie’s first performance, he loved their mash-up of I Gotta Feeling/I Like To Move It.
“The final would not be the final without you two in it,” he said.
Johnson got a standing ovation from all four judges for her rendition of It’s A Man’s World, with Fernandez Versini hailing her as “absolutely fantastic” and Cowell saying she had delivered a “masterclass”.
He added: “I know it’s a different show but Britain has got talent.”
Murray impressed the panel with her version of Runnin’ (Lose It All), with Cowell hailing it as a “great performance” and Ora telling her: “You can obviously sell records.”
Chesterman had Grimshaw and Fernandez Versini in tears after his performance of Amy Winehouse’s Love Is A Losing Game.
The former Girls Aloud star said it “really struck a chord” with her, adding: “Amy would have loved that rendition.”
Grimshaw said it was “really spectacular”, while Cowell said it was good “but a bit ordinary”.