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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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  • 2013 TV upfronts: Fox overhauls schedule

    2013 TV upfronts: Fox overhauls schedule
    NEW YORK -- Coming off a television season that saw its ratings fall by 20%, Fox unveiled a new schedule heavy on big names both in front of and behind the camera in hopes of rejuvenating its prime-time lineup. “We’re making the biggest...
  • 2013 TV Upfronts: With fall comedies, Fox aims broad

    NEW YORK -- At its upfront presentations over the last few years, Fox has unveiled some single-camera comedies with character-driven humor, such as “New Girl” and “The Mindy Project," that went on to be critical darlings. At this year&...
  • Nicki Minaj reportedly the next to leave 'American Idol'

    Nicki Minaj reportedly the next to leave 'American Idol'
    Could Nicki Minaj be the next to leave the struggling "American Idol?" It appears so according to a report in Us Weekly. Citing unnamed sources, the magazine says Minaj won't be back on "Idol" when it returns for its 13th season. Instead, the singer...
  • NBC News gets new president. Oscars still searching for host.

    NBC News gets new president. Oscars still searching for host.
    After the coffee. Before going out to vote for next mayor of Los Angeles. The Skinny: It's election day here so do your civic duty and remember to take nothing for granted. Tuesday's stories include a new president at NBC News, Seth MacFarlane says no...
  • What Kelly Rowland, Paulina Rubio bring to 'X Factor'

    What Kelly Rowland, Paulina Rubio bring to 'X Factor'
    News that Simon Cowell has tapped R&B singer Kelly Rowland and Latin superstar Paulina Rubio to join him as judges on Season 3 of “The X Factor” doesn't come as a surprise. Along with dozens of others, their names had been floated around for...
  • 'Arrested Development's' David Cross creates viral videos

    'Arrested Development's' David Cross creates viral videos
    As Tobias Funke, "Arrested Development's" doctor-turned-actor, David Cross has suffered many indignities, from wearing a ridiculous mustache in every episode to being turned completely blue. But to promote the imminent release of new "AD" episodes on...
  • Fox reality TV exec Mike Darnell leaves a legacy

    Fox reality TV exec Mike Darnell leaves a legacy
    The man considered to be the godfather of reality television is stepping down. Mike Darnell, head of alternative entertainment for Fox Broadcasting, is leaving the network after almost two decades overseeing both the good — "American Idol" —...
  • '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"...