LONDON, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Simon Cowell, infamous for his ruthless criticisms on the "American Idol" TV show, has launched a four-member operatic vocal group.
He says IL Divo, which means divine performer or a male diva, is the act he is "most proud of" and is "intimidated and slightly in awe of their talent," the Daily Mail reported Wednesday.
The classical music act was to perform operatic arrangements of romantic popular music in London Wednesday night.
IL Divo's members, picked during a global search that lasted two years, are David Miller, a tenor from the United States, Sebastien Izambard, a self-taught singer from France, Urs Buhler, a Swiss tenor, and Carlos Marin, a Spanish baritone.
A debut album is set for a Nov. 1 release.