About

Simon Cowell is a music executive that has been a judge on reality shows such as American Idol, the X Factor, Pop Idol, and Britain's Got Talent. He is known for being rather nasty (or brutally honest) to contestants on his shows. This clip is a montage that has been put together compiling Simon's snarky comments to contestants during auditions for these shows, making criticisms, often very mean ones, about the singing and talent abilities of these reality TV hopefuls, even once commenting on a woman's large mouth.

Discussion

Simon Cowell is one of the most successful and popular television personalities in the history of reality competition shows. What do you think accounts for his popularity? What about his commentary and approach do people enjoy?

What does Simon’s commentary say about what it takes to be successful in the music and entertainment industries? What do we learn about the audition and hiring process from Simon’s judging?

Do you think Simon is honest, mean or something in between? Do you his style is necessary for the type of work he does? Why or why not?