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Simon Cowell wants to name his son Simon

Simon Cowell has a great name in mind for the son that his girlfriend Lauren Silverman is expecting in February. And Simon says ... the name is Simon.

"My number one choice would be Simon, because I like the name," Cowell told Terri Seymour on "Extra." His backup name choice also keeps things in the family — it's Eric, the name of his late father, who died in 1999.

"His birthday is going to be very close to my dad's birthday, so I think second choice would be Eric, yeah," Cowell said.

He'll also look to his parents for guidance on childrearing. "(I want to) be cool about it, and don't worry about things too much," he said. "The way my brother and I were brought up, it was kind of relaxed. There were no self-help books or any of that crazy stuff."

The "X Factor" judge also said he'd like to have Britney Spears back on the show, and that One Direction will also perform. "They've definitely matured," he said of the boy band that finished third on the British edition of the show in 2011. "The buzz is really, really good (about their new album)."