I can see why Simon is high in a way as he's part of what makes the show so watchable. I've been watching the show to hate it for a number of years now (too much time spent on Sofabet) and he's the main reason why. The way he thinks he can influence the vote is so fascinating to me. Him managing to have big hits pushing One Direction and Leona on the show seem like flukes now. Let's not forget that this guy put all his hope in Danyl Johnson and Stereo Kicks as well. He genuinely thought they were going to be massive. As others have said, he seems to have a very dated attitude to music which is strange considering how successful he still is. I don't believe anything that comes out of his mouth now. Him and Louis still stand on that stage with their disposable acts saying, "this isn't the last you'll see of this singer". I do wonder if anyone is still convinced by him?
I find it strange that people don't generally question Simon Cowell's input into his own record label. Let's be frank - a Managing Director of a firm wouldn't usually spend their entire year (BGT, AGT, X-Factor) working as "talent" on a show that they're supposed to be masterminding the direction of.
He's the 'face' of SyCo and little more (in my opinion).
His music taste is so limited (he is almost solely responsible for declaring that Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey's vocal styles are the only two worth emulating, unless you're male in which case Michael Buble becomes a third option) and even within that "genre" he has appalling taste. Guys, he worships Happy by Leona and detests Battlefield by Jordin. What kind of fool?
The successes of Leona Lewis, One Direction and Susan Boyle are like the successes of so many other superstar campaigns - do people think there's a "formula" to Adele's rise? Of course not, sometimes people and songs and albums just connect with the public.
So why do so many sane people (who agree with the above) still credit Cowell's claims that he "masterminded" the success of those three acts?