Simon Cowell

English artist and American Idol judge Simon Philip Cowell was in Barnet, England October 7, 1959. Cowell is best known for his sometimes harsh Pop Idol and American Idol judging.

Simon Cowell Quotes

I think you have to judge everything based on your personal taste. And if that means being critical, so be it. I hate political correctness. I absolutely loathe it.

If you've got a big mouth and you're controversial, you're going to get attention.

I met someone the other night who's 28 years old, and he hasn't worked a day since he left college because he's pursuing a dream he'll never, ever realize: He thinks he's a great singer. Actually, he's crap.

I find Paula patronizing. It's as simple as that. Paula is more damaging than I am to these contestants because a lot of people just shouldn't be singing for a living.
-- Simon Cowell speaking of his American Idol co-host Paula Abdul

We have hated the French for years. Now you have just joined the club. It makes you much more likable.

The object of this competition is not to be mean to the losers but to find a winner. The process makes you mean because you get frustrated.