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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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  • 'American Idol' to hold auditions for final season in Baltimore

    'American Idol' to hold auditions for final season in Baltimore
    Calling all undiscovered superstars: Fox's "American Idol" will hold open-call auditions for its final season on June 20 at the Kaufman Pavilion, between the Maryland Science Center and Rash Field.
  • Tamarac singer first runner-up in Senior Idol contest

    Tamarac singer first runner-up in Senior Idol contest
    A love of singing has always been an integral part of the life of Judy Lanier. The resident of Tamarac recently finished as first runner-up in the annual Tri-Rail "Senior Idol" competition at the Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale. The 71-year-old...

    'Idol' moments help others

    'Idol' moments help others
    Senior citizens sang their hearts out at the third annual Senior American Idol event last week by Orland Township. While "American Idol" — the iconic reality TV show on which the senior event is based — will be starting its final season...

    Clark Beckham will be chosen 'American Idol' winner tonight. Here's why.

    Clark Beckham will be chosen 'American Idol' winner tonight. Here's why.
    A month ago, we at Lehigh Valley Music predicted Clark Beckham would win the 14th season of FOX-TV's singing sompetition “American Idol.” And after Tuesday’s final performances, we still do. It’s not that we think Beckham is...

    'American Idol' on the way out after moving away from pulse of pop

    'American Idol' on the way out after moving away from pulse of pop
    The symptoms were all there for "American Idol" — falling ratings, high talent costs, advertiser defections. Few were surprised when Fox executives announced Monday that the show's upcoming 15th season would be its last. What's perhaps less...