Reality TV's Breakout Stars

Simon Cowell

Known to American Idol fans as "Mr. Nasty," British record executive Cowell began his industry career in the EMI Music Publishing mailroom before creating U.K.'s The X Factor in 2004. Serving as a judge on American Idol from 2002-2010, Cowell also appeared as a judge on the U.S. X Factor, Britain's Got Talent and Pop Idol. Cowell signed One Direction to his Syco Records in 2011.

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