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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 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...
  • 'Britain's Got Talent': Jordan O'Keefe's performance goes global

    'Britain's Got Talent': Jordan O'Keefe's performance goes global
    Irish singer Jordan O'Keefe's performance on Britain's Got Talent reverberated with a global audience online, attracting more than 1 million online views since the televised semifinal competition Saturday. With the help of Attraction, a Hungarian...
  • The curious -- and totally appealing -- case of Little Mix

    The curious -- and totally appealing -- case of Little Mix
    Steve Brookstein. Joe McElderry. James Arthur. If these names mean nothing to you, we've got something in common: I didn't recognize them either, despite the fact that each belongs to a winner on the U.K. version of Simon Cowell's flagship star-making...
  • Boy Band Summer in South Florida is upon us

    Boy Band Summer in South Florida is upon us
    If the rain has trapped you inside with your resident Big Time Rush fan in the past several weeks, you’ve probably seen the new “Big Time Invasion” episode of Nickelodeon’s hit tween comedy. This is the one in which the handsome...
  • Last-minute Halloween costume ideas: Fox character masks

    Last-minute Halloween costume ideas: Fox character masks
    If you're still struggling to come up with a Halloween costume, Fox has a quick and easy solution with life-size, downloadable masks of characters from its shows. You could go as Winston (Lamorne Morris) Jess (Zooey Deschanel) or other "New Girl"...
  • Hey Simon Cowell: With 'X Factor' ratings sliding, can you save it?

    Hey Simon Cowell: With 'X Factor' ratings sliding, can you save it?
    Attention, Simon Cowell: You need to rethink the ratings factor for "The X Factor." Fox's singing contest reemerged Tuesday night with a serious baseball hangover, drooping to just 4.9 million total viewers with a two-hour special, according to Nielsen....
  • Friday's TV Highlights: 'Great Performances' on PBS

    Friday's TV Highlights: 'Great Performances' on PBS
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Oct. 27 - Nov. 2, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     --------------------   SERIES The Carrie Diaries Carrie and Walt...
  • Paula Abdul to guest judge on 'So You Think You Can Dance'

    Paula Abdul to guest judge on 'So You Think You Can Dance'
    Paula Abdul has been out of the reality TV competition-judging game for a couple of years, but she's sitting back down behind the table Tuesday night for a guest spot on Fox's other long-running competition show, "So You Think You Can Dance." Of course,...