Simon Cowell, perhaps the world's most famous talent scout, is both feared and revered for his uncompromising honesty on shows like American Idol and Britain's Got Talent. Simon says the popularity of talent shows is a positive development. "The great thing about it is when you start seeing it in places like China and Afghanistan. It's democracy," he says. "It gives the underdog a shot, and I think it's brilliant. ... The fact that we're allowing the public to make the decisions most of the time is a really good thing."