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Simon Cowell

Format American Idol

Simon

Judge Simon Cowell

Name
Simon Cowell
Seasons
Birth Name
Simon Phillip Cowell
Occupation
Judge, record executive
Born
October 7, 1959

Simon Phillip Cowell (born October 7, 1959) is an English record executive, television producer, and entrepreneur who is best known in both the UK and the United States as a talent judge on TV shows such as Pop Idol, American Idol, Britain's Got Talent, and The X-Factor. He also owns the televison production and music publishing house Syco.

As a judge, Cowell is known for his blunt, honest yet sometimes brutal criticisms, insults, and wisecracks about contestants and their abilitites. He is also known for combining activites in television and music, promoting singles by various artists including TV personalities.

Post IdolEdit

After leaving American Idol in May 2010, Cowell returned as judge and executive producer of the American version of his hit British talent show The X-Factor, which premiered on Fox on September 21, 2011. The X-Factor reunited Cowell with his fellow former Idol judge Paula Abdul, but the reunion was short-lived as Abdul was fired after the show's first season. The show, however, was renewed for both a second season, which did well, and a third season, which started in September 2013. The show was officially cancelled on February 9, 2014.

Personal LifeEdit

On February 14, 2014, Cowell became a first-time father when his girlfriend, Lauren Silverman, gave birth to a son, Eric, who is named after Cowell's father who passed away in 1999.

American Idol
Seasons
1  · 2  · 3  · 4 · 5  · 6  · 7  · 8  · 9  · 10  · 11 · 12 · 13 · 14 · 15
Judges
Simon Cowell (Seasons 1-9)  · Paula Abdul (Seasons 1-8) · Randy Jackson (Seasons 1-12) · Kara DioGuardi (Seasons 8-9) · Ellen DeGeneres (Season 9) · Steven Tyler (Seasons 10-11)  · Nicki Minaj (Season 12)  · Mariah Carey (Season 12) · Jennifer Lopez (Seasons 10-11,13-15)  · Keith Urban (Seasons 12-15)  · Harry Connick, Jr. (Seasons 13-15)
Hosts
Ryan Seacrest (Seasons 1-15) · Brian Dunkleman (Season 1)
Winners
Kelly Clarkson · Ruben Studdard · Fantasia Barrino · Carrie Underwood · Taylor Hicks · Jordin Sparks · David Cook · Kris Allen · Lee DeWyze · Scotty McCreery · Phillip Phillips · Candice Glover · Caleb Johnson · Nick Fradiani · Trent Harmon
Runners-up
Justin Guarini · Clay Aiken · Diana DeGarmo · Bo Bice · Katharine McPhee · Blake Lewis · David Archuleta · Adam Lambert · Crystal Bowersox · Lauren Alaina · Jessica Sanchez · Kree Harrison · Jena Irene · Clark Beckham · La'Porsha Renae
Coronation Songs
"A Moment Like This" · "Flying Without Wings" · "I Believe" · "Inside Your Heaven" · "Do I Make You Proud" · "This Is My Now" · "The Time of My Life" · "No Boundaries" · "Beautiful Day" · "I Love You This Big" · "Home" · "I Am Beautiful" · "As Long As You Love Me" · "Beautiful Life" · "Falling"
Spin-offs
From Justin to Kelly · Juniors · Christmas

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