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Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell
Full name

Simon Phillip Cowell


October 7, 1959


A&R executive, television producer, entrepreneur, television personality

Simon Phillip Cowell (born October 7, 1959) is an English A&R executive, television producer, entrepreneur, and television personality. He is known in the United Kingdom and United States for being a talent judge on TV shows like Pop Idol, The X Factor, Britain's Got Talent and American Idol. He is also the owner of the television production and music publishing house Syco. He is a co-creator of the British-Irish boyband One Direction, who finished third on the seventh season of The X Factor.


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."


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