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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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  • 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....
  • Has 'American Idol' Officially Entered Its Post-Phenom Phase?

    "American Idol," welcome to the next phase of your ratings life - the one in which you are no longer a red-hot phenomenon. "Survivor" survived it, going from national magazine covers to ambling along as another mere mortal among TV shows. Now the trick...
  • TV ratings: 'American Idol' 13th season premiere slides

    TV ratings: 'American Idol' 13th season premiere slides
    Fox's long-running "American Idol" continued to show its age with the ratings from its season premiere Wednesday night. The 13th season opener of "American Idol" drew an average 15.2 million viewers overall and earned a rating of 4.7 among key 18- to...
  • 'American Idol' recap: Season 13 kicks off with humor and talent

    'American Idol' recap: Season 13 kicks off with humor and talent
    "Life can change … in a heartbeat," "American Idol" reminded us Wednesday night as it kicked off a new season with a fresh batch of hopefuls, a greater focus on the positive (fewer prolonged looks at the cringe-inducingly untalented and delusional)...
  • 'One Direction: This Is Us'

    It's probably not a surprise that this documentary about the popular boy band is a favorable profile, but the surprise is in who made it: Morgan Spurlock, who showed a knack for exposes with "Super Size Me" and continues to in his CNN series "Inside Man."...
  • TV ratings: 'Super Fun Night' has decent opening; 'Ironside' weak

    TV ratings: 'Super Fun Night' has decent opening; 'Ironside' weak
    It looks like Rebel Wilson's night was super fun for a decent number of people.  ABC's "Super Fun Night," a comedy about a group of sheltered women who start to try to live outside their comfort zones, opened with 8.2 million viewers and a rating of 3.2...
  • Double Trouble benefit at Arts Garage in Delray

    The Arts Garage in Delray Beach is staying put in its current home, thanks to recent approval by the city, and the worthwhile cultural center for bourgeoning and established musicians will host an upcoming benefit concert with local favorites Double...
  • Future of Fox's 'X Factor' Unclear as Season 3 Finale Approaches

    As "The X Factor" approaches its season three finale, rumors have begun swirling this week over the future of the Fox singing competition show. Show creator and judge Simon Cowell told journos during a conference call Monday that "X Factor" "will be back...
  • 'Sing-Off' Beats 'X-Factor' Again As Fox Series Limps to Finale

    Fox's "The X Factor" is wrapping its third season quietly, as Wednesday's performance finale drew just half of its year-ago young-adults rating and again finished behind NBC's competing music series, "The Sing-Off." ABC did well, meanwhile, with its...
  • Fox's 'MasterChef Junior' Renewed for Season 2

    Kids cooking competition show "MasterChef Junior" is returning to the kitchen. Host and judge Gordon Ramsay's reality show that follows tween and teen culinary geniuses through food-related challenges averaged 5.1 million total viewers in its first...