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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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  • 'Downton Abbey's' Nigel Harman plays Simon Cowell in 'X Factor' musical

     
    The "Downton Abbey" rapist is playing Simon Cowell in a musical about "The X Factor" ... wait, what?...
  • 'American Idol' new judge Harry Connick Jr., like the show, comes up short

     
    Back in September 2012, Grammy- and Emmy Award-winning jazz-pop singer Harry Connick Jr. told Lehigh Valley Music in an interview that he wouldn’t want to be a judge on “American Idol,” or any other television singing competition because...
  • Cheryl Cole to Return to 'The X Factor' in the U.K.

    LONDON -- Singer Cheryl Cole has inked a deal to return as a judge on "The X Factor" in the U.K. for a reported £1.5 million ($2.5 million). Cole quit the judging panel of the U.K. show in 2011 to join the U.S. version of the show, but was ejected...
  • U.K. Broadcaster ITV Rules Itself Out of Bidding for Rival Channel 5

    LONDON -- Adam Crozier, chief executive of the U.K.'s leading commercial channel ITV, has said the company will not be among the bidders for rival free-to-air network Channel 5. First round bidding for Richard Desmond's Channel 5 starts Thursday, with...
  • Sputtering 'X-Factor' and weak films crimp Fox's profit

    Sputtering 'X-Factor' and weak films crimp Fox's profit
    Media company 21st Century Fox's fiscal second-quarter profit was sliced in half, largely because big-ticket feature films landed with a thud at the box office and the broadcast network continues its uphill slog. Fox's television show "X-Factor" with...
  • Simon Cowell Rejoins U.K. Version of 'The X Factor'

    BERLIN -- Simon Cowell is to return as a judge to the British version of "The X Factor," which airs on ITV. Cowell left the series in 2010 when he launched the U.S. version of the show, which airs on Fox. Since his departure the U.K. show's ratings have...
  • 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,"...
  • 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....
  • 'The X Factor' canceled by FOX, Simon Cowell returning to U.K. show

     
    FOX has canceled "The X Factor" after three seasons, and its creator Simon Cowell is headed home to the U.K....
  • 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...
  • Simon Cowell floats Beverly Hills home as $20-million pocket listing

    Simon Cowell floats Beverly Hills home as $20-million pocket listing
    Simon Cowell is quietly looking for a buyer for his Beverly Hills house. Cowell, who paid $15.5 million for the gated home, is asking $20 million, local real estate agents confirm. He bought the Trousdale Estates area house two years ago from Randy...