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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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  • Executives: Fox TV needs 'showmanship' of 'Empire,' 'Glee' producer to end ratings slump

    Producers capable of making "big, bold" series such as Fox's freshman drama "Empire" are key to rescuing the network from its ratings slump, its top executives said Friday. Dana Walden and Gary Newman, the longtime CEOs of the 20th Century Fox studio,...
  • TCA 2015: Fox network chiefs acknowledge 'uphill battle'

    TCA 2015: Fox network chiefs acknowledge 'uphill battle'
    Fox's new television team stepped into the spotlight Saturday to articulate their mission: broaden the appeal of the languishing network while still creating bold and risky programming. Last spring, Fox's battle-scarred entertainment chief Kevin...
  • Should we throw the book at "swatters?"

    Should we throw the book at "swatters?"
    It’s a prank so time-honored that it’s practically a rite of passage for adolescents: Call a take-out place and have a pizza or some other item delivered to a stranger’s home. In that case, the results are relatively harmless —...
  • Interview: Fifth Harmony members hope to fill girl group void

    Interview: Fifth Harmony members hope to fill girl group void
    Who is the last girl group to really make it big in the music industry? I asked this question to the five members of girl group Fifth Harmony — who won MTV’s “Artist to Watch” award at the MTV Video Music Awards in August and...
  • Randy Jackson to exit 'American Idol' after 13 seasons

    Randy Jackson is leaving "American Idol" -- and this time, it's serious. The 58-year-old singing judge and musical mentor will not return for the show's 14th season in January, Fox confirmed Tuesday. Jackson, who had been with "Idol" since its 2002...
  • This Thanksgiving, adopt some cute dogs

    This Thanksgiving, adopt some cute dogs
    HOT DATE Nov. 27 Source: FOX That’s when Jane Lynch will host “Cause For Paws: An All-Dog Spectacular,” Fox announced this week. The two-hour broadcast will feature about 20 dogs who are looking to get adopted by Black Friday,...
  • Simon Cowell seeks 'ultimate Latino boy band'

    Simon Cowell seeks 'ultimate Latino boy band'
    Simon Cowell plans to put together "the ultimate Latino boy band" through Univision's contest series "La Banda," which debuts in fall 2015. Online auditions are open at LaBandaoficial.com, and Univision promised "the largest Latino talent search in U.S....
  • One Direction's 'Four': How quickly they grow up

    It's an indication of how quickly life moves for the lads of One Direction that their idea of ancient history appears to be 2012. That's when Harry Styles — the youngest (and arguably dreamiest) member of this British boy band — was 18, an...
  • Cohesion Theatre Company debuts with a brisk 'Coriolanus'

    Cohesion Theatre Company debuts with a brisk 'Coriolanus'
    The Bard is enjoying a big boost in Baltimore this season. Chesapeake Shakespeare Company has already put on productions of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Richard II" since opening its downtown theater in September. Baltimore Shakespeare Factory has a...
  • Hollywood's New Leaders: Agents

    Rachel Altman, 34 Agent, Paradigm Talent Agency A risk-taker, Altman left Abrams Artists last year for Paradigm, a shop that has provided her clients "with the kind of major agency platform they deserve to take their careers to the next levels of success,...
  • Review: Hallelujah for Puddles the Clown

    Review: Hallelujah for Puddles the Clown
    Major League Baseball ought to have Puddles the Clown sing the National Anthem at the World Series. He’d have the crowd roaring in praise. “Oh Say Can You see” were the first words the audience at the Musikfest CafĂ© in Bethlehem...