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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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  • 'X Factor' canceled in U.S., Simon Cowell returning to U.K. edition

    'X Factor' canceled in U.S., Simon Cowell returning to U.K. edition
    Simon Cowell is closing up shop on the U.S. version of "The X Factor." Fox, along with Syco and FremantleMedia, announced the show has concluded its stateside run after three seasons. “I’ve had a fantastic time over the last 12 years, both...
  • Fox cancels 'The X Factor' after three seasons

    Fox cancels 'The X Factor' after three seasons
    Fox has X'd out "The X Factor." Once hyped as the next "American Idol," Fox has canceled the "The X Factor" after three seasons of shuffling judges and low ratings for the musical talent show. Simon Cowell, who left "American Idol" for "The X Factor,"...
  • Cowell's 'X Factor' never could hit right note

    Sharp-tongued Simon Cowell arrived in the U.S. from Britain 12 years ago as the face of a show so powerful that competitors coined it the "Death Star" because it destroyed everything around it.   But Cowell's effort to follow "American Idol" with his...
  • 'The X Factor' canceled: Demi Lovato fans dance on its grave

    'The X Factor' canceled: Demi Lovato fans dance on its grave
    After three seasons on Fox, the American version of "The X Factor" has been canceled, the network announced Friday. And with that cancellation, "X Factor" creator Simon Cowell is headed back to his native England to be a judge on "The X Factor UK."...
  • Fox Cancels 'The X Factor' After Three Seasons

    Fox is pulling the plug on "The X Factor," after the singing competition failed to gain a substantial Stateside audience despite the format's success overseas. "American Idol" creator and judge alum Simon Cowell ushered the unscripted program to the U.S....
  • Charter plots next move. Gerwig lands plum role. Costas on DL.

    Charter plots next move. Gerwig lands plum role. Costas on DL.
    After the coffee. Before getting one of those Shia LaBeouf bags. The Skinny: I feel bad that I haven't been watching any of the Winter Olympics. Of course, I don't feel so bad that I'll tune in Wednesday night. Wednesday's headlines include Charter's...
  • West End Review: 'I Can't Sing'

    London now has two blockbuster-scale tuners shamelessly embracing bad taste and spoofing genres in song while being endorsed by the institutions they lampoon. The first (vastly superior) one is the smash hit "The Book of Mormon." The newcomer is "I Can'...
  • Sony Lands Edward Snowden Story For Bond Producers

    Sony Pictures Entertainment has optioned the film rights to the book "No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State" with the James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions producing the pic....
  • Japan's Domo Monster Celebrates 'Ghostbusters' Anniversary

    The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man has found a new friend to attack New York City. Japan's Domo will help celebrate the 30th anniversary of "Ghostbusters" as part of a line of consumer products and collectibles tied to the film Sony will release this fall....
  • Will summer's singing-competition shows be the same old song?

    You might think, at this point, that there is simply no way a TV network could possibly put on another singing show. And yet you would be wrong. Fox has the once-powerful "American Idol" and NBC the still-formidable "The Voice." But ABC has been...
  • 'Dancing With the Stars': Maks wants to judge

    He just won "Dancing With the Stars" for the first time, and now Maksim Chmerkovskiy reveals that he would taking a judging job if it's offered to him. He talks to "The Wendy Williams Show" in an episode that airs at 3 p.m. Thursday (today) on WRBW-...