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Simon Cowell
Age 62
Sex Male
Occupation Television Personality, Entrepreneur, Record Executive
Seasons 11, 12, 13, Champions 1, 14, Champions 2, 15, 16, America's Got Talent: Extreme, 17

Simon Phillip Cowell (born October 7, 1959) is the creator of America's Got Talent and has served as a judge on Season 11–present. Simon has also judged on Champions 1, Champions 2 and America's Got Talent: Extreme.


He has judged X Factor US, UK, Pop Idol, American Idol and Britain's Got Talent before. He is also the producer of the Got Talent franchise, the Idol franchise, and the X Factor Franchise.

Judge Personality

As a judge, Cowell is known for his blunt, honest yet sometimes brutal criticisms, insults, and wisecracks about contestants and their abilities. However, he is way less strict in judging 'Got Talent' shows than he was in judging "American Idol" or "X-Factor UK" and even likes some of the crazy acts that come to audition on the show.

Other Appearances


  • First act to vote Yes to: Nathan Bockstahler
  • First act to vote "No" to: Rose
  • First act to buzz: The Spice Gurlz
  • Golden Buzzer Acts: Calysta Bevier (11), Mandy Harvey (12), Michael Ketterer (13), Kechi (Champions), Tyler Butler-Figueroa (14), Boogie Storm (Champions 2 [stolen from Howie Mandel]), W.A.F.F.L.E. Crew (15), Nightbirde (16), Verge Aero (Extreme), Sara James (17)
  • Since joining the judging panel in Season 11, Simon has only voted once in the main series for a variety act over a singing act in the Judges' Choice - in Episode 1614 he voted for unicycle group UniCircle Flow over singer Storm Large.
  • He gave his first regular series Golden Buzzer in Season 15 to an act that did not rely on singing or playing instruments.
  • He has the same birthday as fellow BGT and Champions 2 judge Alesha Dixon.
  • He represented the United States on the international judging panel of the 2003 special World Idol despite also being a judge on the British version of the Idol franchise.
  • He once appeared as a contestant on the British version of the game show Sale of the Century in the 1980s.
  • After the 11th series of Britain's Got Talent wrapped in 2017, he personally paid for the operation of Julia Carlile, a member of the dance group MerseyGirls, who had scoliosis. Julia and the group returned in Britain's Got Talent: The Champions where they reached the final.
  • He is the first judge to steal a Golden Buzzer from another judge.
  • Prior to the Season 15 Quarterfinals, Simon Cowell broke his back in an electric bicycle accident. Kelly Clarkson took his place during Week 1 of the Quarterfinals while Kenan Thompson took his place during Week 2. For the rest of the season it was a 3 judge panel like seasons 1-7.
  • He is the only judge to leave the panel mid season.
  • Simon voted for every Judges' Choice winner in Season 14 and Season 16.

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