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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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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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,...
  • 'X Factor' winners Alex & Sierra aim to escape the here-gone cycle

    'X Factor' winners Alex & Sierra aim to escape the here-gone cycle
    Earlier this spring, Alex Kinsey and Sierra Deaton were trading stories about the two-week writing camp that yielded their debut album, "It's About Us." The late-hour bursts of boozy creativity and morning hikes under the Malibu sun are discussed, but...
  • Mipcom: Personality of the Year Simon Cowell Grew From Humble Beginnings

    When "Got Talent" was named the most successful reality TV franchise by the Guinness Book of World Records in April, it set a another benchmark for Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment. The top-rated Britain-born series has local versions in 58 territories,...
  • Red Arrow Aims For Shows That Can Travel

    Red Arrow Intl., which is the global distribution arm of Red Arrow Entertainment Group, is a mini-studio with major ambitions, which are reflected in its sales slate at the content market Mipcom in Cannes. The distributor, which is celebrating its 10th...
  • Mipcom: Maker Studios Ynon Kreiz Chats About Shifting Viewing Habits And Disney Buy-Out

    CANNES- Armed with a wealth of data, Maker Studios CEO Ynon Kreiz spoke about the recent Disney acquisition of his online network and shifting viewing habits during his keynote address on Monday at Mipcom. "Shortform is now becoming mainstream and if you...
  • Alex & Sierra at Sunday Altamonte signing

    Alex & Sierra at Sunday Altamonte signing
    "X Factor" victors Alex & Sierra will release their debut album, "It's About Us," on Tuesday. But Central Florida fans can purchase the album and get the signatures of Alex Kinsey and Sierra Deaton on Sunday. Starting at 1 p.m., the duo will be at Fye...