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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

Top Simon Cowell Articles

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  • Reality Producers Natalka Znak, Simon Jones Partner with Sky

    Reality TV vets Natalka Znak ("Hell's Kitchen") and Simon Jones ("American Idol") have inked a distribution partnership with Sky through their Znak&Jones Productions shingle. The newly launched production company, which already has a pilot deal with...
  • Thursday's TV Highlights: 'I Am Divine' on Showtime

    Thursday's TV Highlights: 'I Am Divine' on Showtime
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Aug. 31 - Sept. 6, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies -------------------- SERIES Hollywood Scandals The twisted tale of...
  • Netflix's Ted Sarandos to Speak at Mipcom TV Market

    LONDON -- Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix, will be a keynote speaker at TV market Mipcom, which takes place from Oct. 13-16 in Cannes, France. Sarandos will be interviewed by Eric Scherer, director future media, France Televisions, at 11....
  • Alex & Sierra: Why he's so proud of her

    Alex & Sierra: Why he's so proud of her
    "X Factor" winners Alex & Sierra now have several reminders of their time as students at the University of Central Florida. After the duo played UCF on Aug. 21, they were celebrated at a private ceremony.  Sierra Deaton of Winter Springs missed out on...
  • Pictures: Disney's American Idol Experience has last show

    Pictures:  Disney's American Idol Experience has last show
    Disney's American Idol Experience wrapped up its roughly five-year run on Saturday, Aug. 30, with a heartwarming story straight from the fairytale handbook. A young contestant named Jessica won the evening's competition — after turning old...
  • Concert review: Alex & Sierra and Karmin at CFE Arena

    Concert review: Alex & Sierra and Karmin at CFE Arena
    It turns out you can go home again. Central Florida pop duo and “X-Factor” champions Alex & Sierra basked in a successful homecoming on Thursday at the CFE Arena at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.  Although Alex Kinsey and...
  • Michael Johns, 'American Idol' Finalist, Dies at 35

    Michael Johns, who sang on season seven of "American Idol," died Friday at 35. Though an official cause of death was not released, several news outlets said he died of a blood clot after injuring his ankle. Johns was voted off the show shortly after...
  • Simon Cowell to Be Feted at Cannes TV Market Mipcom

    LONDON -- Simon Cowell is to be feted as Personality of the Year at the 30th anniversary edition of TV program market Mipcom in Cannes, France. Cowell will receive his award at a gala dinner for industry executives at the Carlton Hotel in Cannes on Oct....
  • NBC Googles Up 'America's Got Talent' Voting

    Google searches for "America's Got Talent," starting tonight, will return results pages with ballots to vote for the show's contestants -- the latest effort to drive live TV viewership on the backs of Internet-connected devices. NBC has enjoyed strong...
  • Collabro hits all the right notes [Commentary]

    Collabro hits all the right notes [Commentary]
    Just like Lewis Carroll's Alice, I slipped down an Internet rabbit hole and I found myself face to face with Collabro, a musical theater boy band from Britain. Suddenly it was 1966, The Monkees were on, and I was in love with the shy one again. Five...
  • Melanie Brown spices up Hollywood Hills West

    Melanie Brown spices up Hollywood Hills West
    Melanie Brown — also known as Mel B or Scary Spice from her days with the British pop group Spice Girls — and her husband, producer Stephen Belafonte, have bought a house in Hollywood Hills West for $4.34 million, public records show....