He may not sport the Joker's evil Glasgow smile, or Darth Vader's menacing voice, but Simon Cowell
's acid tongue is enough to scare the pants off of millions of American TV viewers.
The American Idol
judge has been voted America's favorite reality-TV villain, Reuters
Cowell, 48, won 39 percent of the vote for favorite villain among over 1.3 million voters who took part in the AOL Television poll, it was announced Thursday. Idol
was voted best reality show, with 33 percent of the vote, but co-judge Paula Abdul
took home another dubious award: worst reality-TV judge.
The FOX music competition also won in the "hottest hook-up" category, for 2008 winner David Cook
and second-season alum Kimberly Caldwell
, who are dating
Only 14 percent said they'd want to take part in Idol
, however. The Amazing Race
took that category, with 32 percent of votes.
Losers in the poll included The Bachelor
, which won the "SO over" category, and Flavor Flav. Flavor of Love
"won" for the season's worst reality program, the show that voters didn't want to go on and
scariest star. --Michael Y. Park