Simon Cowell

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Simon Phillip Cowell
  • Birth Place: Brighton, England
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 10/07/1959, Libra
  • Profession: TV personality; music producer
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A sharp-tongued British personality whose cutting but often hilariously honest comments have dashed the dreams of countless aspiring singers, Cowell was a successful music producer before being tapped in 2001 to be a judge for Pop Idol, the British reality competition that was the basis for American Idol. Since then, Cowell has practically made a career out of being disliked, as his outrageous put-downs and tempestuous relationships with host Ryan Seacrest and former judge Paula Abdul have been a large part of Idol's mass appeal. Throughout his time on Idol, Cowell also launched several reality-competition series, including American Inventor, America's Got Talent and Celebrity Duets, as well as the short-lived matchmaking series Cupid. In 2010, Cowell announced he was leaving Idol in order launch a U.S. version of the popular British singing competition The X Factor, on which he's served as a judge since 2006.Simon Cowell Fast Facts:
  • Started out as a clerk in the mail room of EMI Music.
  • Launched his own record label, Fanfare, in the 1980s and had his first hit, "So Macho," with singer Sinitta.
  • Ranked No. 33 on the 100 Worst Britons We Love to Hate list on the UK's Channel 4 network in 2003.
  • Penned the 2003 book I Don't Mean to Be Rude, But... : Backstage Gossip from American Idol and the Secrets that Can Make You a Star.
  • Appeared in a 2005 PETA anti-fur ad, as well as a 2009 PETA commercial urging dog owners not to leave their pets unattended in hot cars.
  • Simon Cowell Relationships:
  • Mezhgan Hussainy - Ex-fiancée
  • Lauren Silverman - Significant Other
  • Eric - Son
  • Julie Cowell - Mother
  • Eric Cowell - Father
  • Michael Cowell - Half Brother
  • Tony Cowell - Half Brother
  • Nicholas Cowell - Brother
  • John Cowell - Half Brother
  • June Cowell - Half Sister
  • Terri Seymour - Ex-significant Other
  • Simon Cowell Awards:
  • 2007 Emmy: Outstanding Reality/Competition Program - Nominee
  • 2005 Emmy: Outstanding Reality/Competition Program - Nominee
  • 2006 Emmy: Outstanding Reality/Competition Program - Nominee
  • 2004 Emmy: Outstanding Reality/Competition Program - Nominee
  • 2003 Emmy: Outstanding Reality/Competition Program - Nominee

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