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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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  • 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...
  • 'American Idol' new judge Harry Connick Jr., like the show, comes up short

     
    Back in September 2012, Grammy- and Emmy Award-winning jazz-pop singer Harry Connick Jr. told Lehigh Valley Music in an interview that he wouldn’t want to be a judge on “American Idol,” or any other television singing competition because...
  • David Mamet Developing '7 Deadly Sins' As Limited Series for Fox (Exclusive)

    David Mamet is turning to the Good Book, setting a deal with Fox, Lionsgate TV and 20th Century Fox TV to develop a seven-hour limited series rooted in the concepts behind the seven deadly sins. Stephen McPherson is shepherding the project with Mamet...
  • 'X Factor' Rises With Finale, Still Rates Well Below Last Year

    A rough season for "The X Factor" finished on an uptick Thursday, though the Fox music contest came in well below its conclusion of a year ago. On a night when it faced mostly repeat competition, the third-season finale of "The X Factor" averaged a 1.7...
  • 'X Factor' Is a Hit Overseas -- Why Not in the U.S.?

    This morning, a press release sailed into journos' mailboxes with a subject line that read in all caps: "The X Factor Continues To Thrive Across The World" (caps left out of this article's text for purely aesthetic purposes). What the email subject...
  • Friday's TV Highlights: 'Nikita' on KTLA

    Friday's TV Highlights: 'Nikita' on KTLA
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Nov. 17 - 23, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     --------------------   SERIES Hawaii Five-0 As Thanksgiving...
  • Demi Lovato: Simon Cowell, old people and more on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

     
    Demi Lovato was a guest on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Monday. She talked about judging on "The X Factor," old people, Thanksgiving, Simon Cowell and more....
  • British singer Cheryl Cole Settles 'X Factor USA' Legal Dispute

    LONDON -- British singer Cheryl Cole has settled a legal dispute with the producers of "X Factor USA," according to U.K. press reports. Cole, who achieved fame with the band Girls Aloud, had inked a deal to appear as a judge in two seasons of Simon...
  • 'X Factor': Simon Cowell - 'Say Something' was Alex and Sierra's big moment

     
    No matter how "The X Factor" turns out, Alex and Sierra are bonafide stars -- at least that's what their mentor Simon Cowell thinks. The duo's rendition of "Say Something" hit No. 1 on iTunes and according to Cowell, this is their star-making moment....
  • Review: 'The Improv' charts the comedy club's early days

    For a short and breezy documentary narrated by Adam Sandler in which a group of famous comedians talk about themselves, "The Improv: 50 Years Behind the Brick Wall" packs a surprisingly provocative punch. In these days of digital "stardom," when fame is...