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Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell
He can make or break careers and once boasted that he sells more records than Bruce Springsteen. That confidence helped make Simon Cowell a success as a former judge on "American Idol." Cowell's blunt opinions of a performance stood in contrast to Paula Abdul's mostly positive spin and Randy Jackson's typical middle ground. The bickering with Abdul and host Ryan Seacrest was also a highlight of the Fox series. Cowell has been a judge on British shows "Pop Idol" and "The X Factor," and he produces other contest shows such as "American Inventor" and "America's Got Talent." He will help launch the U.S. version of "The X Factor" in September.
He can make or break careers and once boasted that he sells more records than Bruce Springsteen. That confidence helped make Simon Cowell a success as a former judge on "American Idol." Cowell's blunt opinions of a performance stood in contrast to Paula Abdul's mostly positive spin and Randy Jackson's typical middle ground. The bickering with Abdul and host Ryan Seacrest was also a highlight of the Fox series. Cowell has been a judge on British shows "Pop Idol" and "The X Factor," and he produces other contest shows such as "American Inventor" and "America's Got Talent." He will help launch the U.S. version of "The X Factor" in September. « Show less

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  • U.K. Digital Video Firm Rightster to Buy Base79 for Up to $85 Mil, Adds Chad Hurley as Investor

    Rightster Group, a U.K.-based digital video distribution and ad network, announced plans to acquire British YouTube multichannel network Base79 for up to £50 million ($85 million) -- just the latest example of consolidation in the sector.
  • Melanie Brown spices up Hollywood Hills West

    Melanie Brown spices up Hollywood Hills West
    Melanie Brown — also known as Mel B or Scary Spice from her days with the British pop group Spice Girls — and her husband, producer Stephen Belafonte, have bought a house in Hollywood Hills West for $4.34 million, public records show....

    UCF's Alex & Sierra hope to wow Red, Hot & Boom

    UCF's Alex & Sierra hope to wow Red, Hot & Boom
    Central Florida singers Alex & Sierra are home, and the reality-show champs acknowledge they have something to prove. Since winning "The X Factor" and a million-dollar recording contract in December, they have written more than 40 songs, mostly in...

    Why 'The View' Should Bring Back Rosie O'Donnell

    On Friday, "The View" opened with a conversation about the father of Santa Barbara mass shooter Elliott Rodger. The Hot Topics segment was meant to prompt a debate about whether parents of murderers really know their children, but the conversation went...

    "Norway's Got Talent" finalists to perform free concert in Bethlehem

    A group of young singers who were finalists in Norway's version of "America's Got Talent" will perform a free concert in Bethlehem tonight. Viva Youth Chorus from Norway, who made it to the finals on television show "Norway's Got Talent" will perform...