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Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell As Simon Cowell has been saying for years, he isn’t malicious – he’s just unflinchingly honest. He has that rare ability to say to someone’s face exactly what everyone in the room is thinking without worrying about hurting anybody’s feelings. It’s a valuable skill. It also borders on inhuman. But would anyone watch “American Idol” without him? Choice quote: "Did you really believe you could become the American Idol? Well, then you're deaf." Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images