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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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  • Hollywood's New Leaders: Agents

    Rachel Altman, 34 Agent, Paradigm Talent Agency A risk-taker, Altman left Abrams Artists last year for Paradigm, a shop that has provided her clients "with the kind of major agency platform they deserve to take their careers to the next levels of success,...
  • Review: Hallelujah for Puddles the Clown

    Review: Hallelujah for Puddles the Clown
    Major League Baseball ought to have Puddles the Clown sing the National Anthem at the World Series. He’d have the crowd roaring in praise. “Oh Say Can You see” were the first words the audience at the Musikfest CafĂ© in Bethlehem...
  • 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,...
  • Italy's Rai Com Teams Up With Indian Toon Leader DQ Entertainment On 'Pio The Chick' (EXCLUSIVE)

    ROME - Italian pubcaster Rai's Rai Com sales arm has teamed up with India's animation leader DQ Entertainment to produce of a new toon series called "Pio The Chick," based on a vastly viral property, in a deal that breaks new ground in several ways....
  • Mipcom: Lionsgate TV's Kevin Beggs on 'Orange Is The New Black's' Foreign Appeal

    CANNES -- Lionsgate Television chairman and CEO Kevin Beggs spoke out the foreign appeal of "Orange is the New Black" and the company's global outreach during a keynote on Wednesday at Mipcom. In the last 10 years, Lionsgate Television's biz has grown...
  • Is Simon Cowell About to Launch a Pan-Regional Talent Show?

    CANNES -- Simon Cowell, whose U.K. version of "The X Factor" has sold to 147 territories worldwide since April, is mulling a number of new projects, including a pan-regional talent show. During an interview with six journalists at TV market Mipcom in...
  • Mipcom Briefs: Mark Burnett Pacts with Bell Media; 'Ellen DeGeneres' Heads to Asia

    Mark Burnett's United Artists Media Group has cut a deal with Canada's Bell Media to develop programs for worldwide audiences. Deal calls for United Artists Media Group -- the newly formed venture of Burnett, MGM TV and Hearst Corp. -- to work with...
  • Mipcom: Netflix's Ted Sarandos Talks About Potential Expansion Across Asia, Move Into Original Feature Films And Recent Launch Across Continental Europe

    CANNES- Netflix's chief content officer Ted Sarandos discussed the digital service's recent launch across continental Europe, its landmark deal with Adam Sandler and potential expansion across Asia, during a much-anticipated and meaty keynote address at...
  • Mipcom: Cecile de France, Nathalie Baye and Audrey Fleurot Join Cast of 'Call My Agent!' (EXCLUSIVE)

    CANNES- 'Call My Agent!," the comedy mini-series marking French helmer Cedric Klapisch's smallscreen debut, has attracted a top-notched cast of Gallic talent. Cecile de France ("Hereafter," pictured above), Nathalie Baye ("Catch Me If You Can"), Audrey...
  • Mipcom: Maker Studios Ynon Kreiz Chats About Shifting Viewing Habits And Disney Buy-Out

    CANNES- Armed with a wealth of data, Maker Studios CEO Ynon Kreiz spoke about the recent Disney acquisition of his online network and shifting viewing habits during his keynote address on Monday at Mipcom. "Shortform is now becoming mainstream and if you...