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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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  • 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...
  • Tuesday's TV Highlights: 'Sons of Anarchy' on FX

    Tuesday's TV Highlights: 'Sons of Anarchy' on FX
    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     -------------------- SERIES Earthflight, A Nature Special...
  • Interview: Cher Lloyd wants to 'have a little fun' with her new songs

    Interview: Cher Lloyd wants to 'have a little fun' with her new songs
    It was the first day of Cher Lloyd's "I Wish" tour and the 20-year-old British pop star had been up all morning trying to remember the lyrics to the five new songs she added to her set list. Lloyd — who said the first tour date is always nerve-...
  • Wednesday's TV Highlights: 'The X-Factor' on Fox

    Wednesday's TV Highlights: 'The X-Factor' on Fox
    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     -------------------- SERIES The X Factor Simon Cowell's talent...
  • TV ratings: 'X Factor' premiere falls from last year

    TV ratings: 'X Factor' premiere falls from last year
    Fox's singing contest "The X Factor" was back Wednesday for its third season, with Simon Cowell joined by returning judge Demi Lovato and two newcomers, Destiny's Child's Kelly Rowland and Latin pop artist Paulina Rubio. The series returned with a one-...
  • Delray Beach twins go from homeless to 'X Factor' to a new stage

    Delray Beach twins go from homeless to 'X Factor' to a new stage
    Before 20-year-old Delray Beach twins Rashad and Tashad Gardenhire got a “yes” vote from Simon Cowell for the new season of “The X Factor,” they’d heard a lot of “no.” The story of how they went from being...
  • 'X Factor' ratings slide: Where Simon Cowell went wrong

    The ratings are in, and it's time to ask: What went wrong with "X Factor"?  Season 3 of Simon Cowell's singing show got a jump-start on the fall season Wednesday night, but the numbers were pretty close to a disaster. An average of 6.2 million viewers...
  • TV ratings: 'X Factor' numbers rise from low premiere

    TV ratings: 'X Factor' numbers rise from low premiere
    Thursday night's episode of Fox's singing competition "The X Factor" got a bit of an uptick from its low premiere, which aired the previous night.  According to early numbers from Nielsen, the Simon Cowell show drew an average of 6.8 million viewers, an...
  • Spielberg tops Forbes' list of highest-paid entertainers

    With an estimated $100 million in 2012 income, “Lincoln” director and DreamWorks studio head Steven Spielberg topped Forbes’ list of the biggest male earners in show business, but he still trailed Madonna by some $25 million. The...
  • Ex-homeless 'X Factor' twins get second show at Arts Garage

    Ex-homeless 'X Factor' twins get second show at Arts Garage
    The story of indomitable Delray Beach twins Rashad and Tashad Gardenhire, who overcame homelessness to charm “X Factor” creator Simon Cowell, just got better. Their first headlining concert performance on Thursday at the Arts Garage, a...
  • TV ratings: 'America's Got Talent' finale rises; 'Survivor' falls

    TV ratings: 'America's Got Talent' finale rises; 'Survivor' falls
    As "America's Got Talent" crowned the winner of its eighth season Wednesday night, the series danced its way to a slight ratings boost over last year, according to early numbers from Nielsen. "Talent" brought in an average of 11.3-million viewers, up 7%...