Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell will continue as a judge on 'America's Got Talent' until 2019.

The 56-year-old music mogul - one of the co-creators of the show - has proved a hit with his first stint on the panel this year so NBC bosses are thrilled to have extended his contract for another three seasons.

NBC Entertainment alternative and reality group president Paul Telegdy said in a statement: "It was terrific to see Simon in his judge's chair this past season, bringing his unique expertise and enthusiasm to the show, night after night.

"His brilliance has made 'America's Got Talent' the industry leader that it is today and his ability to evaluate and spot talent is unmatched, so we couldn't be happier to have him seated at the judge's table for the next three years."

Simon has had a great time working with fellow judges Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Mel B this year, so is looking forward to returning.

He said: "'America's Got Talent' is a fantastic and -- most importantly -- fun show both to work on and to watch.

"NBC have been brilliant partners and the entire team who make this show are one of the best in the world. I've loved this past season and look forward to discovering more great talent together in the years to come."

Co-producers FremantleMedia North America are confident having the Syco boss on the show will ensure the programme discovers a high level of talent.

Their entertainment programming president, Trish Kinane, said: "Simon really understands how to spot talent, but he also knows how to have fun.

"We are delighted that he will be with us for the next three seasons, helping find the very best talent America has to offer."