AI Crew

AI Crew

These are the five that make American Idol run so smoothly. But one of them is leaving after season nine.
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The Judging Panel

The Judging Panel

During the first night of American Idol's Hollywood auditions, Ellen DeGeneres made a great impression on viewers. She's funny and she's fresh.
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Ellen on Idol

Ellen on Idol

After just one night, Ellen DeGeneres seems right at home on the judge's panel. We loved her funny and fresh opening performance.
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Joe Jonas on Idol

Joe Jonas on Idol

Welcome to the world's most popular show, Joe Jonas. The cute singer guest judges an episode of American Idol.
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Kristin Chenoweth on Idol

Kristin Chenoweth on Idol

We love Kristin Chenoweth. She guest judges an episode of American Idol, prior to the season's Hollywood round.
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Beckham on Idol

Beckham on Idol

Victoria Beckham serves as a guest judge on season nine of American Idol. We're not sure what she knows about singing.
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Harris on Idol

Harris on Idol

Welcome to American Idol, Neil Patrick Harris. The hilarious actor serves as a season nine guest judge.
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Shania on Idol

Shania on Idol

Shania Twain is seated next to the American Idol judges you know and love in this shot from season nine.
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Mary J. Blige on Idol

Mary J. Blige on Idol

Randy, Simon and Kara are joined by a special guest on season nine: star singer Mary J. Blige.
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Katy Perry on Idol

Katy Perry on Idol

Katy Perry joins the American Idol judging table for one episode of season nine. She's seen here.
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Avril Lavigne on Idol

Avril Lavigne on Idol

Randy, Simon and Kara are seen here during an early stage of season nine. They are joined by guest judge Avril Lavigne.
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Simon Photograph

Simon Photograph

This is the usual Simon Cowell look. He pulls off a t-shirt as well as anyone in Hollywood.
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Simon Cowell Biography

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Simon Cowell is our favorite American Idol judge. He's sometimes mean, but always honest and entertaining. He also knows how to put Paula... More »
Born
Birthplace
Simon Phillip Cowell
Full Name
Brighton, East Sussex, England

Simon Cowell Quotes

It was a little bit like Chihuahua trying to be a tiger.

Simon Cowell [following David Archuleta's attempt to sing a Chris Brown song]

I’d pack your suitcase.

Simon Cowell [to Jason Castro, after the former sung "I Shot the Sheriff"]