In October 2010, Cowell signed a new three-year deals with ITV for both Britain's Got Talent and The X Factor, renewing both shows until 2013.
Cowell returned for series 6 and 7 as well, although series 7 was to be his last, as he left in 2011 in order to launch The X Factor in America.
After placing third in the seventh series of The X Factor in the UK, boyband One Direction signed to Cowell's label in 2011, and the group have gone on to top singles and album charts worldwide. The X Factor Australia launched in 2005 on Network Ten and it featured Mark Holden, Kate Ceberano and John Reid as the show's judges, but was cancelled after just one season due to poor ratings.
He passed English Language and Literature, and then attended Windsor Technical College where he gained another GCE in Sociology.—but did not get along well with colleagues and bosses, until his father, who was an executive at EMI Music Publishing, managed to get him a job in the mail room.
However, after failing to get a promotion, he left to try out other jobs before returning to EMI.
In 2003, Cowell placed No 33 on Channel 4's list of the all-time 100 Worst Britons.
Cowell formed a new company Syco, consisting of three opera singers and one pop singer of four different nationalities.
By the time Cowell left American Idol, the show was on its seventh consecutive season in its leadership among all primetime programs in the United States, even lasting up to 2011 in the longest winning streak in the US overall viewership and demographics in the Nielsen ratings. In 2004, with Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh, Cowell was a judge on the first series of the British television music competition The X Factor, which he created using his production company, Syco TV.
The X Factor was an instant success with the viewers and enjoyed its tenth series in 2013.
) (born 7 October 1959) is an English reality television judge and producer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist.
He is most recognised as a judge 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.
He combines activities in both the television and music industries.