Watch Out! Simon Cowell Reveals His Mini-Me Son Eric’s Already a Great Critic

06/01/2016 at 09:00 AM ET

He may be only 2 years old, but Eric Cowell is most definitely following in his famous dad’s footsteps.

Asked about his mini-me son, Simon Cowell boasts that not only does Eric have him wrapped around his little finger, but he already shows an aptitude for talent show judging,

“He’s the world’s cutest little boy,” the America’s Got Talent judge, 56, tells PEOPLE exclusively. “I’ve got to tell you, he’s going to be my little right-hand man — anything he likes I like.”

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“He’s brilliant, he comes down to the auditions and really enjoys the acts. He’s very good to watch, funnily enough, because I can see when he’s bored and when he’s up dancing. He’s a good critic already. He’s unpaid, but he’s helping me!”

Eric even loves pressing the famous AGT red buzzers. “The other day when I was going to work, I said, ‘What does Daddy do for a job?’ ” Cowell recalls. “And he said, ‘You push buzzers!’ I was like, ‘That’s it then?’ ”

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For Cowell, life with Eric and girlfriend Lauren Silverman, 38, could not be more different than his old bachelor lifestyle.

Asked about how his notoriously pristine white houses are faring with a child, Cowell replies: “Along with our pet dogs Squiddly, Diddly and Freddy, let’s just say the carpet business is a great business to be in right now.”

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Joining Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel on the judging panel for the new season of the NBC hit America’s Got Talent, Cowell, the show’s creator, admits to some nerves.

“What was funny was that I felt like the new boy on AGT because these guys have worked together for so long,” he says. “They kept kidding that I was the boss. I thought they were the boss and I was the new boy who’s gone to a new school and hoped they liked me.”

He adds, “Actually we got on brilliantly — it was much, much easier than I thought it was going to be.”

For more from Cowell on the new season of America’s Got Talent, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

— Sara Nathan

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Ernestine Heard on

I thought we got rid of this dumb #ucker when he quit american idol.
Now he’s back?
I wonder if he found any more marriages to break up.
What a slime ball.

Brooke on

I actually love to hear Simon talk about his little boy. He said, obviously that it took him getting out of the baby stage to really relate to him, but we KNEW that about Simon. I think Eric is good for him

Anonymous on

I agree with you Brooke. I think this child has been great for him.

jmo on

I wonder how the child she abandon is doing, the one she left with her ex because pursuing Simon was more important. He still hasn’t married her, looks like her baby lottery didn’t work. I can’t look at him without thinking of the lives they destroyed with their creeping around on her husband.

Olivia on

He is kinda an arrogant person, but happy for him.

angelika perrone - journalist from Argentina on

Since Argentina -I saw Eric is seem to Andrew Silverman .Simon open your eyes …you are wrong .Sorry

Rachel on

Some people are trying to describe Laruen as a bad person. I actually feel sorry for her. She was lonely with her husband who traveled a lot, secondly she was separated and planned to divorce her husband when she has gotten pregnant with Simon’s child. Third, Simon had many girlfriends who he hasn’t married Lauren is the only one who he hasn’t married (he should do the right thing and marry her because he has a child with her, but this is Simon need to grow up). From all the pictures that show Simon with his girlfriends, it seems that he tends to only hug them at the very beginning of the relationship until he loses excitement. I think he feels more like a family man with Lauren now. Eric looks like him just see Simon as a child except his beautiful eyes that he took after his mom.