New American Idol Judges

Simon Cowell is our favorite American Idol judge. He's sometimes mean, but always honest and entertaining.

He also knows how to put Paula Abdul's drunk ass in her place (thank goodness, what a wreck), while also remaining far more original than Randy Jackson. No offense, dawg.

In addition to American Idol, Simon Cowell - whose net worth is estimated at $200 million - the A&R veteran has become a TV mainstay, producing and serving as judge on Britain's Pop Idol (which spawned American Idol), The X Factor, America's Got Talent and Britain's Got Talent.

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"]