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Simon Cowell
Age 62
Sex Male
Occupation Businessman, TV Personality, TV Producer
Seasons 11, 12, 13, Champions 1, 14, Champions 2, 15, 16 AGT: Extreme season 1

Simon Phillip Cowell (born October 7, 1959) is the creator of America's Got Talent and has served as a judge on Seasons 11–16. Simon has also judged on Champions 1, Champions 2 and AGT: Extreme (Season 1).


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. As a judge, Cowell often makes blunt comments, including insults and wisecracks about contestants and their abilities. Though, from season 13 he has mellowed out.

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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)
  • 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 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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