Audition for Simon
An international TV legend, Simon Cowell has smashed the dreams of millions yet he still knows a star when he sees one. The brains behind the British X Factor and the U.S.A version, American Idol, Simon is known for his bluntness and the often controversial criticisms, insults, and wisecracks he makes about contestants and their singing abilities - or lack of them.
- October 7, 1959: Simon Phillip Cowell was born
- 1981: Found work at independent record label, Fanfare Records
- 2001: Launched 'Pop Idol in the UK
- 2002: Launched American Idol in the US
- 2004: Launched X Factor
- 2006: Launched America’s Got Talent