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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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  • 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...
  • '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...
  • Zai Bennett to Leave BBC Three to Join BSkyB's Sky Atlantic

    LONDON -- Zai Bennett, controller of the BBC's youth channel, BBC Three, is to leave to become director of BSkyB's Sky Atlantic. BBC Three has won four BAFTAs in two years: best factual for "Our War," seasons one and two, best drama for "The Fades,"...
  • Rolling Stones manager protests Rock Hall of Fame, skips own induction

    Rolling Stones manager protests Rock Hall of Fame, skips own induction
    This post has been updated. See note below for details. Andrew Loog Oldham, the Rolling Stones' early manager, producer and publicist who is being inducted this year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has announced that he will skip the ceremony....
  • Peaches Geldof: Celebs react, autopsy set in 'nonsuspicious' death

    Peaches Geldof: Celebs react, autopsy set in 'nonsuspicious' death
    The day after Peaches Geldof's death, authorities are searching in and around the house where the model, writer and socialite was found, with an autopsy scheduled for Wednesday.  After the autopsy, the coroner will open an investigation and decide...