The Best Simon Cowell Shows  

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List Rules Vote up the best TV shows and series starring Simon Cowell.

Simon Cowell has become one of the most recognizable figures in reality television. American audiences were first introduced to his dry, British wit when he became a judge on American Idol. Viewers instantly hated to love Cowell due to his harsh feedback and the very blunt way he dealt with the singers. It contrasted nicely with Paula Abdul's love for everyone who stepped foot on stage. However, this was just a jumping point. Numerous Simon Cowell shows have gone on the air since American Idol first debuted, and Cowell himself has become a pop culture icon. Although he's produced and created a lot of television shows, Simon Cowell has starred on only a few as host and judge.

Cowell's nastiness has subsided a bit over the years. With shows like America's Got Talent, it's a bit easier to be nicer. After all, pretty much everyone who takes the stage has a genuine talent to an extent, so there is no need for the nasty words. Do you like a calmer Simon Cowell, or do you wish he would go back to his old, blunt ways?

What do you think the best TV show with Simon Cowell is? Normally, Cowell is the one judging, but now, you are the one in the driver's seat. You have the power, so vote for the shows you like best. You can also downvote any entries you think are a bit pitchy.

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America's Got Talent: The Cham... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Simon Cowell Shows
Photo: NBC

Role: Judge

America's Got Talent: The Champions (NBC, 2019) is a reality television series and a spinoff of America's Got Talent. Notable contestants from previous seasons and from other international franchises will compete against each other. ...more on Wikipedia

Premiered: 2019

Actors: Simon Cowell, Mel B, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum

Number of Seasons: 1

Network: NBC

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America's Got Talent is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Simon Cowell Shows
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Role: Judge

America's Got Talent is an American reality television series on the NBC television network, and part of the global British Got Talent franchise. It is a talent show that features singers, dancers, magicians, comedians, and other performers of all ages competing for the advertised top prize of one million dollars. The show debuted in June 2006 for the summer television season. From season three onwards, the prize includes the one million dollars, payable in a financial annuity over 40 years, and a chance to headline a show on the Las Vegas Strip. Among its significant features is that it gives an opportunity to talented amateurs or unknown performers, with the results decided by an audience ...more on Wikipedia

Premiered: 2006

Actors: Nick Cannon, Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne

Number of Seasons: 7

Network: NBC

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Britain's Got Talent is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Simon Cowell Shows
Photo: ITV

Role: Judge

Britain's Got Talent (ITV, 2007), often abbreviated to BGT, is a televised British talent show competition, and part of the global Got Talent franchise created by Simon Cowell. Contestants audition with whatever talent they wish to demonstrate, seeking to impress a panel of judges in order to secure a place in the live episodes and the chance for two prizes - a cash prize, and a place within that year's performances for the Royal Variety Performance before members of the British Royal Family. ...more on Wikipedia

Premiered: 2007

Actors: Anthony McPartlin, Declan Donnelly, Amanda Holden

Number of Seasons: 6

Network: ITV2, ITV, UTV, STV, ITV, + more

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The X Factor (U.S.) is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Simon Cowell Shows
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Role: Judge

The X Factor is an American reality television music competition created by Simon Cowell and produced by FremantleMedia North America and SYCOtv, a partnership between Cowell and Sony Music Entertainment, which aired on Fox from 2011 to 2013. Based on the original UK show, and an addition to the The X Factor franchise, the series found new singing talent, drawn from public auditions, and they competed against each other for votes. The winner was determined by the show's viewers via telephone, the Internet, and SMS text voting, and was awarded a recording contract with Cowell's record label Syco Music, worth $5 million in seasons one and two, and $1 million in season three. America voted for ...more on Wikipedia

Premiered: 2011

Actors: Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, L.A. Reid

Number of Seasons: 2

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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