Tell the nation’s favourite TV meanie exactly what you think of him!
From A+R man to international TV legend, Cowell has smashed the dreams of millions yet he still knows a star when he sees one. The brains behind X Factor and American Idol 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. He will launch the US version of X Factor in September 2011 and bring Cheryl Cole along with him.
1959: Born Simon Phillip Cowell in Brighton, East Sussex
1981: Finds work at independent record label, Fanfare Records
1986: Has first hit with Sinitta’s So Macho (with Stock Aitkin and Waterman)
1989: Becomes A+R consultant for BMG
1998: Signs Westlife
2001: Launches Pop Idol in the UK
2002: Launches American Idol in the US
2004: Launches X Factor
2006: Launches America’s Got Talent
2007 - Present: Judges Britain’s Got Talent
2011: Leaves The X Factor to launch The X Factor USA
2013: Voted #10 in TV Guide's 60 Nastiest Villains of All Time
2014: Confirmed to return to The X Factor as a judge