Simon Phillip Cowell
October 7, 1959
A&R executive, television producer, entrepreneur, television personality
Simon Cowell eliminted Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, and Liam Payne from the seventh series of The X Factor in 2010. After all five being rejected as solo artists, Simon and the other judges brought them back to assemble them as a group to even out the number of contestants within each category.
Cowell was their mentor throughout the series and ended up being his final act, bringing the boy band all the way to third place. After the competition, Simon signed the boys with Syco.
- "This is just the beginning for these boys."