However, after failing to get a promotion, he left to try out other jobs before returning to EMI. Some of Cowell's early success came through Stock Aitken Waterman , who produced a number of hits in the s. They sold over 50 million records worldwide, a total that included studio albums, singles, video releases, and compilation albums. The group accumulated 14 number-one singles in the United Kingdom.
They had a total of 26 UK top ten singles over their fourteen-year career. Idol franchise Main article: With his notoriously critical reputation, Cowell has been likened to TV personalities such as Judith Sheindlin , and Anne Robinson of her show. A lot of these one-liners were the product of coaching that Cowell received from noted publicist Max Clifford who was sacked by Cowell after being convicted of sex offences as of May Inspired by the success of Il Divo, Simon created a child version, Angelis , beating competition from similar groups emerging at Christmas On 11 January , Cowell's exit from American Idol was made official.
By the time Cowell left American Idol, the show was on its seventh consecutive season in its leadership among all primetime programmes in the United States, even lasting up to in the longest winning streak in the US overall viewership and demographics in the Nielsen ratings. The season was Cowell's last on the show.
He was replaced by Steven Tyler. The X Factor was an instant success with the viewers and enjoyed its tenth series in One Direction signed to Cowell's record label after finishing third and being mentored by Cowell in The group are one of Cowell's international break-out acts. Walsh had previously been sacked from the judging panel by Cowell for the fourth series, and was subsequently replaced by Brian Friedman , who was a judge on Grease Is the Word.
Walsh was later brought back a week into the auditions by Cowell when he and Osbourne realised that they missed Walsh and that without him, there was no chemistry between the judges. Cowell returned for the fifth series in , with Walsh, Minogue, and new judge Cheryl Cole , as Osbourne had decided to quit before the show began.
After placing third in the seventh series of The X Factor in the UK, boyband One Direction signed to Cowell's label in , and the group have gone on to top singles and album charts worldwide.
Fifth Harmony signed to Cowell's record label too finished third and were mentored by Cowell in The group are another one of Simon's successful acts. However, the show returned in and performed strongly on the Seven Network until its eighth season in , when its ratings declined.
Subsequently, the show was axed for a second time in January It was originally announced that he would be a judge both on the UK and US editions of the show, which aired at similar times of the year,   but MTV officially reported on 17 April that this was not true: Cowell was no longer to be a judge on the UK version,  but would remain a major presence backstage.
Reid , Nicole Scherzinger and formerly Cheryl Cole. Cowell's act Melanie Amaro won the season, making Cowell the winning judge. Cowell and Reid returned for season 2, while Demi Lovato and Britney Spears joined the judging panel as replacements for Abdul and Scherzinger. This season launched another one of Simon's groups into worldwide fame, the group is known as Fifth Harmony. Reid announced they would not be returning and were replaced by Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio. For his eighth series, he was given the Over 25s category.
On 13 December, Ben Haenow and Fleur East reached the final two, which meant that Cowell was the winning mentor for the first time since series 3 in , when he had both Leona Lewis and Ray Quinn in the final. Haenow became the eleventh winner on 14 December. Got Talent Main articles: America's Got Talent , Britain's Got Talent , and Got Talent Following the success of the Idol and X Factor franchises, Cowell, his company Syco, and its business partners developed a talent show format open to performers of any kind, not only singers, but also dancers, instrumentalists, magicians, comedians, novelty acts, and so on.
Cowell is the executive producer of America's Got Talent,  which debuted in June , along with Fremantle producers of the Idol series , but for some time he did not appear on the show due to the terms of his contract with Fox.
The show was a ratings success and second and third seasons followed in and The third series featured a publicity coup when Susan Boyle made a global media impact comparable to that of any previous talent show series winner with her regional audition performance. Cowell co-produced the show with Peter Jones who had devised the concept.
Fledgling entrepreneurs from across the United States competed to see who could come up with the best new product concept. The show returned one more time in for a second season. In , Cowell executive-produced Celebrity Duets ,  which was described as "an Idol show for Hollywood superstars. He himself said, "It has been slaughtered by the critics — and rightly so. It is far too similar to our other formats. In , Cowell also created his first game show, titled Red or Black? Series 1 was broadcast over seven nights in one week excluding Tuesday , from 3 to 10 September.
The show was recommissioned by ITV for a second series in , which aired weekly. He will do the same for an upcoming game show called Keep it in the Family, presented by Bradley Walsh.
Philanthropy and other television Cowell has been involved in charity work for many years. In it, he told the whole story of his childhood, his years working in music and experiences on Pop Idol, Pop Stars Rivals, and American Idol, and finally, his tips for being successful as a pop star. In , he was added as a new entry to the latest edition of the UK's Who's Who. When Top Gear retired the Liana along with its rankings after the eighth series, Cowell was the eighth fastest overall and the third fastest non-professional driver.
On 11 November Cowell yet again appeared on Top Gear, achieving a time of 1: But I think what is quite obvious is that the public are behind him, but you know, that's Jeremy.
Cowell has also guest-starred filling in for Regis Philbin in the popular talk show Live with Regis and Kelly during American Idol's finalist week in early A panel of seven academics, journalists and historians named Cowell among the group of people in the UK "whose actions during the reign of Elizabeth II have had a significant impact on lives in these islands and given the age its character".
In , Cowell allegedly began dating an American woman named Lauren Silverman. In July , Silverman's husband and Cowell's friend, Andrew Silverman, filed for an at-fault divorce , citing adultery by his wife and naming Cowell as a co-respondent.
He has substance and the stomach to navigate us through difficult times. Retrieved 7 May