Simon Cowell has been named the most powerful person in US reality TV for the second year in a row. The American Idol judge tops The Hollywood Reporter list of 50, that also includes fellow Brits Simon Fuller and Gordon Ramsey. I dare say Gordo might be a little peeved?

The entertainment bible speaks glowingly of the 50-year-old who heads his own production outfit, Syco Television. In the profile they describe Cowell as being 'a singular on-air talent able to captivate an audience in a way that no one has replicated, ten years into the reality TV era'. The Reporter also says: "Plucked from obscurity (well, England), he became a star merely because he is compelling to watch. He is complex (behind that cantankerous on-air personality is an ardent dog lover who calls his mother almost every day), opinionated and driven. He says that: 'being number one is verging on an obsession with me'.

Cowell is also praised for creating a buzz with his US version of The X Factor, which won't air for another 15 months."But, from the beginning, Cowell held all the aces," The Reporter says.

-Alicia Coyle