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Cowell often makes blunt and controversial comments as a television show judge, including insults and wisecracks about contestants and their singing abilities.
He combines activities in both the television and music industries.
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.
In 1995, through his persistence, he persuaded two actors, Robson Green and Jerome Flynn from the UK television drama series Soldier Soldier, to sign with him and record the song "Unchained Melody", which they had performed on the show.
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's Ruth Langsford and Jane Moore, Cowell spoke about the tearful audition, saying: "…
He also became a judge on the first season of American Idol in 2002.
In 20, Time named Cowell one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
He has a younger brother, Nicholas Cowell; three half-brothers, John, Tony, and Michael Cowell; and a half-sister, June Cowell.
He has judged on the British TV talent competition series Pop Idol, The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent, and the American TV talent competition shows American Idol, The X Factor and America's Got Talent.
Cowell is the principal, founder and chief executive of the British entertainment company Syco.