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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

Top Simon Cowell Articles

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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. Auditions will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and eager...
  • 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...
  • Fifth Harmony tunes up for Orlando visit

    Fifth Harmony tunes up for Orlando visit
    Simon Cowell certainly loves his underdogs. In 2010, the producer managed the boy band One Direction from a third-place finish on "The X Factor" to first place in the hearts of teens worldwide. Fifth Harmony are hoping history repeats itself. After...
  • 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': The slow fade of an instant hit

    'American Idol': The slow fade of an instant hit
    Not long ago, "American Idol" was such a ratings juggernaut that a rival TV executive dubbed it a "monster" that should be killed. That wish has now been granted, with Fox executives announcing Monday that they will end the record-breaking singing contest...
  • 'American Idol' announcement of final season is five years too late

    'American Idol' announcement of final season is five years too late
    “American Idol,” the FOX-TV singing competition that once was a ratings juggernaut that produced music superstars Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson, has announced that next season, its 15th,  will be its last. “Just Announced!...
  • '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...
  • The fall of 'American Idol' as hitmaker reaches an inevitable end

    The fall of 'American Idol' as hitmaker reaches an inevitable end
    If you thought "American Idol" had been a bit pitchy for its last few seasons, its home network, Fox, agreed. In an announcement promoting the upcoming 15th season of "Idol," Fox finally admitted the inevitable: the long-runnning singing competition...
  • 'American Idol' ending after its upcoming 15th season

    'American Idol' ending after its upcoming 15th season
    Fox is lowering the curtain on "American Idol," ending a series that dominated television throughout the 2000s and made stars of the likes of Simon Cowell, Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. The network announced Monday that "American Idol" will go...
  • 'La banda', el reality, ya tiene a su tercer juez

    'La banda', el reality, ya tiene a su tercer juez
    Alejandro Sanz será el tercer juez de “La Banda”, la competencia de entretenimiento musical tipo reality de Univision que llega a la pantalla chica en septiembre 2015. Alejandro Sanz se une de esta manera a Ricky Martin y Laura Pausini,...