Simon Cowell’s Worst Insults Ever

As Simon Cowell ages one year older today (Oct. 7, 2016), his insults also mature, like a container of rotten cottage cheese.

In honor of the English American Idol and X- Factor judge’s birthday, we’re revisiting some of Cowell’s “finest” moments on television. From completely ruining the hopes and dreams of aspiring musicians to creating an entirely new dictionary of insults, Cowell has had more than a few jaw-dropping moments on national television cause audiences to wonder if he really just said what he said. (He did.)

Cowell has been recognizing star potential and leading acts like One Direction and Leona Lewis to fame since 2002. Between his involvement in American Idol, America’s Got Talent, and X-Factor, we’ve collected memorable Cowell moments that include him telling one contestant that she “sounds like Dolly Parton on helium” and crushing the dreams of a hopeful contestant by claiming that they were “the worst singer we have ever had. Completely and utterly horrific.”

For the complete list of Cowell’s most cringe-worthy insults, check out the gallery at the top of the page!