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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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  • Sneak peek at FLIFF 2013: Anna Paquin, Ann-Margret and more

    Sneak peek at FLIFF 2013: Anna Paquin, Ann-Margret and more
    Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival CEO Greg Von Hausch believes that festivals such as his should offer their audiences a few surprises. This year, it is Von Hausch himself who is surprised. The 28th annual FLIFF will run Oct. 18 through Nov....
  • Mayo: Singing twins get push from 'angel' teacher

    For those Broward readers who might have missed it in their newspapers, check out this column I wrote for the Thursday Palm Beach County edition about singing twins Rashad and Tashad Gardenhire, and Judy McMahon, a music teacher at Banyan Creek Elementary...
  • Madonna is Forbes' top-earning celebrity thanks to MDNA tour

    Madonna is Forbes' top-earning celebrity thanks to MDNA tour
    Madonna is 2013's top-earning celebrity, according to Forbes. The "MDNA" rock star is said to have earned an estimated $125 million between June 2012 and June 2013, the mag said. Sales for her last album, "MDNA," were poor, but "MDNA's" corresponding...
  • 'This Is Us' keeps it light and fun for One Direction's young fans

     'This Is Us' keeps it light and fun for One Direction's young fans
    Louis Tomlinson peered out from behind the door of a hotel suite and aimed a toy Nerf gun down a hallway full of hulking bodyguards. The 21-year-old and his four One Direction bandmates had been cooped up on the second floor of the W Los Angeles all day,...
  • Review: 'One Direction: This Is Us' feels anonymous

    Review: 'One Direction: This Is Us' feels anonymous
    The musical group known as One Direction inspires feelings, intense feelings. Just in the last week alone, the band has been applauded and booed, honored, put down and defended. All of which seems about right for a group that has ridden to fame as a...
  • 'Biggest Loser': Ruben Studdard asks fans to transform with him

    'Biggest Loser': Ruben Studdard asks fans to transform with him
    Ruben Studdard says "American Idol" gave him a career. Now, he wants "The Biggest Loser" to give him a life. Studdard -- nicknamed "The Velvet Teddy Bear" partly for his girth and his cuddly, cheerful, happy-go-lucky demeanor -- said he is returning...
  • Simon Cowell ready to be judged in 'X Factor' musical

    Simon Cowell ready to be judged in 'X Factor' musical
    Simon Cowell said he's ready to become the butt of many jokes -- from his fashion choices to his private life -- in a forthcoming musical based on his TV show "The X Factor." "I get it in the neck throughout," Cowell told the BBC during the London launch...
  • Michelle Williams to make Broadway debut in 'Cabaret' revival?

    Michelle Williams to make Broadway debut in 'Cabaret' revival?
    Michelle Williams will make her Broadway debut as sultry nightclub singer Sally Bowles in a planned revival of "Cabaret," according to reports. The three-time Oscar nominee will star in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production opposite Alan...
  • American Military Spouses Choir sings Sarah McLachlan, awaits results on "America's Got Talent"

    American Military Spouses Choir sings Sarah McLachlan, awaits results on "America's Got Talent"
    The American Military Spouses Choir, which includes Fort Eustis resident Sonjia Penny, will find out tonight whether it will soar ahead in the "America's Got Talent" competition, carried in arms of the angels. Tuesday night, the group performed "Angel,"...
  • Friday's TV Highlights: 'Zero Dark Thirty'

    Friday's TV Highlights: 'Zero Dark Thirty'
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 1 - 7, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     -------------------- SERIES America's Next Top Model One of the...
  • TV This Week Sept. 8 - 14: 'Burn Notice' on USA

    TV This Week Sept. 8 - 14: 'Burn Notice' on USA
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 8 - 14, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     -------------------- SUNDAY It takes two septuagenarians (Derek...