Simon Cowell vs. Ryan Seacrest: Who is better?

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Difference between Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest

Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest have graced our television screens countless times as we sit and watch them host and judge in the popular reality talent show ‘American Idol’. But even though both of them are popular guys from the same show, there are also a lot of other things that set them apart. Get to know how alike and different these two ‘American Idol’ hotties are.

Simon Cowell
Ryan Seacrest


Simon Phillip Cowell is a 50-year old entrepreneur, television producer and music executive from the United Kingdom. United States and the rest of the world know him as one of the judges on popular reality talent shows ‘American Idol’, ‘The X Factor’, ‘Pop Idol’ and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’.

Ryan Seacrest (given name Ryan John Seacrest) on the other hand, is a 36 year old American television producer, and radio and television host. Today, his face is seen frequently in television shows like ‘American Idol’ and ‘E! News’.

Current Projects

Simon Cowell is still currently the painfully honest judge on the reality talent show ‘American Idol’. He has been rumored to be in planning stages to make a graceful exit so that he can work on a new project, again rumored to be the American version of ‘X Factor’. At the same time, he is still the judge of another talent show ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. Simon has taken on humanitarian causes and supports several charities. Recently he came up with a line up of artists to sing a remake of REM’s ‘Everybody Hurts’ in order to raise funds for recent Haiti’s earthquake disaster as well as featuring Idol Gives Back on the ‘American Idol’ shows.

Ryan Seacrest is the ‘American Idol’s host and in addition he has a show on the airwaves. ‘On Air with Ryan Seacrest’ is a Top 40 radio show that can be heard on KIIS-FM in Los Angeles, California. He also hosts the ‘American Top 40’. He is the producer of TV show ‘Bank of Hollywood’ and cooking show ‘Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution’s Executive Producer.

Public Reputation

Simon Cowell is infamous for his painfully controversial criticisms and comments which seem like smart-alecky insults to the contestants of the show he judges, as well as to the general public. Simon has also made a name for himself because of his many activities that have brought about collaboration between the music and television business. He has shown tremendous support and has even promoted singles of different artists whom he admires, such as Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful”.

Ryan Seacrest has truly made a name for himself in the world of hosting and broadcasting. His playful and witty charms on TV have led him from one successful project to another. Although he has acted in some films like ‘Knocked Up’ alongside Katherine Heigl, he is still more prominent because of his excellent voice.


  • Simon Cowell is a judge on American Idol. Ryan Seacrest is the show’s host.
  • Simon Cowell produces other music and television shows in addition to American Idol. Ryan Seacrest hosts talk radio shows.
  • Simon Cowell is known for his bluntness. Ryan Seacrest is popular because of his voice, charm and ability to stay cool under any circumstance.

Which American Idol personality has a better smile?
  • Simon Cowell
  • Ryan Seacrest

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