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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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  • Alex & Sierra: Why he's so proud of her

    Alex & Sierra: Why he's so proud of her
    "X Factor" winners Alex & Sierra now have several reminders of their time as students at the University of Central Florida.
  • Pictures: Disney's American Idol Experience has last show

    Pictures:  Disney's American Idol Experience has last show
    Disney's American Idol Experience wrapped up its roughly five-year run on Saturday, Aug. 30, with a heartwarming story straight from the fairytale handbook. A young contestant named Jessica won the evening's competition — after turning old...

    Betty Boop Movie in the Works with Simon Cowell (EXCLUSIVE)

    Betty Boop is returning to the big screen, with Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment and Animal Logic Entertainment developing and producing the first feature-length film for the feisty cartoon flapper. The project has been in the works for several months...

    Michael Johns, 'American Idol' Finalist, Dies at 35

    Michael Johns, who sang on season seven of "American Idol," died Friday at 35. Though an official cause of death was not released, several news outlets said he died of a blood clot after injuring his ankle. Johns was voted off the show shortly after...

    AXS TV To Air U.K. Version of 'The X Factor'

    Just because Fox canceled the American version of "The X Factor" doesn't mean some version of the show isn't available on theses shores. Cable's AXS TV will serve as the official U.S. broadcast home for the eleventh season of "The X Factor UK," the...