Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell
Birth Name
Simon Phillip Cowell
Music executive, television personality, television producer, talent judge, entrepreneur
7 October 1959
London, England

Simon Phillip Cowell (born 7 October 1959) is an English music executive, television personality, television producer, talent judge, and entrepreneur. He is best known on both the UK and the United States for his work as a talent judge on shows like Pop IdolBritain's Got TalentAmerican Idol, The X Factor UK, and The X Factor USA. He replaced shock jock Howard Stern on the judging panel on America's Got Talent in 2016.

As a judge, Cowell is known for his blunt and sometimes controversial criticisms, wisecracks, and insults about contestants and their abilities or lack there of.

As a record executive, Cowell has launched the careers of such artists as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Westlife, One Direction, and Fifth Harmony just to name a few.

On the UK series he has mentored winners Steve Brookstein, Leona Lewis and Ben Haenow to date while on the US series he mentored winners Melanie Amaro and duo Alex & Sierra.

Cowell acted as judge on The X Factor UK until 2010 so he can work on The X Factor USA. He later returned to the UK series in 2014 after the USA version ended.

In 2019, Cowell introduced two spin-off series which are The X Factor: All Stars and The X Factor: Celebrity. While the celebrity version was airing he announced that the All Stars series was cancelled and was replaced by The X Factor: The Band.

Judges Rank

The X Factor UK

Year Category Last Act Position
2004 Over 25s Steve Brookstein Winner
2005 Groups Journey South 3rd
Celebrity (2006) Groups The Chefs 4th
2006 16-24s Leona Lewis Winner
2007 Groups Same Difference 3rd
2008 Boys Eoghan Quigg 3rd
2009 Over 25s Olly Murs Runner-up
2010 Groups One Direction 3rd
2014 Over 25s Ben Haenow Winner
2015 Over 26s Anton Stephans 6th
2016 Girls Emily Middlemas 4th
2017 Groups Rak-Su Winners
2018 Girls Scarlett Lee Runner-up
Celebrity (2019) Groups Max & Harvey Runners-up
The Band (2019) Boys Unwritten Rule Runners-Up

The X Factor USA

Year Category Last Act Position
2011 Girls Melanie Amaro Winner
2012 Groups Fifth Harmony 3rd
2013 Groups Alex & Sierra Winners


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