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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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  • Ricky Martin será juez y productor del concurso "La Banda"

    Ricky Martin será juez y productor del concurso "La Banda"
    MIAMI - El cantante puertorriqueño Ricky Martin será juez y productor ejecutivo en el concurso de talento musical "La banda", así como manejará la carrera del grupo de jóvenes que resulte ganador en este programa, cuyo objetivo es encontrar a las próximas...
  • Who should replace Zayn Malik in One Direction?

    Who should replace Zayn Malik in One Direction?
    ’Twas the Facebook post read ‘round the world through streaks of Cover Girl mascara: Zayn Malik has quit One Direction. Like, officially. Before you rev up your mom’s Honda Odyssey inside the closed garage to let the sweet fumes wash...
  • Skokie Theatre looking for a few good Idols

    Skokie Theatre looking for a few good Idols
    Should I be as mean as Simon Cowell? Weepy like Paula Abdul? Call everybody "Baby" with a slight Australian accent like Keith Urban? Those were a few of the questions that crossed my mind when Wendy Kaplan, owner of the Skokie Theatre, asked me to be one...
  • TCA 2015: Fox network chiefs acknowledge 'uphill battle'

    TCA 2015: Fox network chiefs acknowledge 'uphill battle'
    Fox's new television team stepped into the spotlight Saturday to articulate their mission: broaden the appeal of the languishing network while still creating bold and risky programming. Last spring, Fox's battle-scarred entertainment chief Kevin...
  • Should we throw the book at "swatters?"

    Should we throw the book at "swatters?"
    It’s a prank so time-honored that it’s practically a rite of passage for adolescents: Call a take-out place and have a pizza or some other item delivered to a stranger’s home. In that case, the results are relatively harmless —...
  • Interview: Fifth Harmony members hope to fill girl group void

    Interview: Fifth Harmony members hope to fill girl group void
    Who is the last girl group to really make it big in the music industry? I asked this question to the five members of girl group Fifth Harmony — who won MTV’s “Artist to Watch” award at the MTV Video Music Awards in August and...
  • Cohesion Theatre Company debuts with a brisk 'Coriolanus'

    Cohesion Theatre Company debuts with a brisk 'Coriolanus'
    The Bard is enjoying a big boost in Baltimore this season. Chesapeake Shakespeare Company has already put on productions of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Richard II" since opening its downtown theater in September. Baltimore Shakespeare Factory has a...
  • One Direction's 'Four': How quickly they grow up

    It's an indication of how quickly life moves for the lads of One Direction that their idea of ancient history appears to be 2012. That's when Harry Styles — the youngest (and arguably dreamiest) member of this British boy band — was 18, an...
  • Simon Cowell seeks 'ultimate Latino boy band'

    Simon Cowell seeks 'ultimate Latino boy band'
    Simon Cowell plans to put together "the ultimate Latino boy band" through Univision's contest series "La Banda," which debuts in fall 2015. Online auditions are open at LaBandaoficial.com, and Univision promised "the largest Latino talent search in U.S....
  • Randy Jackson to exit 'American Idol' after 13 seasons

    Randy Jackson to exit 'American Idol' after 13 seasons
    Randy Jackson is leaving "American Idol" -- and this time, it's serious. The 58-year-old singing judge and musical mentor will not return for the show's 14th season in January, Fox confirmed Tuesday. Jackson, who had been with "Idol" since its 2002...
  • This Thanksgiving, adopt some cute dogs

    This Thanksgiving, adopt some cute dogs
    HOT DATE Nov. 27 Source: FOX That’s when Jane Lynch will host “Cause For Paws: An All-Dog Spectacular,” Fox announced this week. The two-hour broadcast will feature about 20 dogs who are looking to get adopted by Black Friday,...