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Simon Cowell

English reality television judge, television producer and music executive
I'm putting up the money, and I also have ears.

Simon Philip Cowell (born 7 October 1959) is a British A & R (artist and repertoire) executive for BMG Records. He is probably best known as a judge on the television programs The X-Factor and American Idol.



  • Very simple. I'm putting up the money, and I also have ears.
    • On Americans who question his right to judge Americans since he is British
    • Quoted in Bill Keveney, "Viewers 'Idol'-ize this saucy search for a superstar," USA Today (18 June 2002)
  • You know Paula, who I couldn't look at the beginning of the series... I love her to death now. I hate to admit it but I do.
    • Quoted on Entertainment Tonight (21 May 2003)
  • Sinitta and Jackie are my family now. I don't think of them as ex-girlfriends anymore. They are an extension of my life... It must be infuriating, but I'd never change because my ex-girlfriends are so close I couldn't imagine life without them.
    • Quoted in interview (22 October 2005)
  • Normally, they want me to be rude to them. People come up to me and sing, and I say "That was great. Thank you." And they're like "Well, aren't you going to be rude to me?" No! When I miss auditions, contestants get upset that I'm not there, because they expect me to be cruel to them — it's some sort of badge of honor. That's how crazy everything is.
    • Quoted in interview, Playboy magazine (February 2007)
  • If I tape an 11-hour day, guess which parts end up on air. Not the bits when I'm pleasant, but the parts when I'm obnoxious.
    • Quoted in interview, Playboy magazine (February 2007)

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