Simon Phillip Cowell (born October 7, 1959) is an English record executive and television personality who first became well known to American audiences as a judge on American Idol for that show's first nine seasons (2002-2010). He went on to become a judge on The X Factor USA from 2011-2013. He will now be a judge for season 11 of America's Got Talent.
For the second season (2012), Cowell mentored the Groups category. He did the same in 2010 on the UK version of the show, and One Direction resulted from it, making the audience very hopeful for the groups. His acts were Fifth Harmony, Emblem 3, Lyric 145, and Sister C.