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iVillage.com: Most Memorable Reality TV Villains

Simon Cowell on 'American Idol' & 'The X Factor'

Why He's Vile: Forthright Brit Simon Cowell has made reality TV singing competitions a staple in the U.S., but he's better known for dishing out scathing criticisms to "American Idol" and "X Factor" hopefuls. He's also not afraid to fire his friends in the name of getting good ratings (good-bye, Paula Abdul; hello, Britney!).

Most Evil Quote: "Your dancing is terrible, the singing was horrendous, and you look like one of those creatures that live in the jungle with those massive eyes. What are they called? Bush babies," Cowell told unibrow-sporting "Idol" wannabe Kenneth Briggs.

Why We Love Him: Cowell doles out verbal abuse left and right, but we have to forgive him because a) he's typically spot-on in his assessments and b) he's freaking hilarious. Many have tried to emulate him, but no one can do Simon Cowell quite like Simon Cowell.

(CREDIT: M. Caulfield/American Idol 2008)
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