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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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  • Melanie Brown and Stephen Belafonte buy in the hills

    Melanie Brown and Stephen Belafonte buy in the hills
    Melanie Brown -- also known as Mel B and Scary Spice from her days with the Spice Girls -- and her husband, producer Stephen Belafonte, have bought a house in Hollywood Hills West for $4.34 million, public records show. Built in 1928, the multi-level...
  • 'Dancing With the Stars': Maks wants to judge

    He just won "Dancing With the Stars" for the first time, and now Maksim Chmerkovskiy reveals that he would taking a judging job if it's offered to him. He talks to "The Wendy Williams Show" in an episode that airs at 3 p.m. Thursday (today) on WRBW-...
  • Spice Girl Mel B Joins 'X Factor' in U.K. as Judge

    LONDON -- Former Spice Girls band member Melanie B, a.k.a. Scary Spice, has joined the judging panel of "The X Factor" in the U.K., which airs on ITV. Mel B, who appeared as a guest judge on the show in 2012, joins fellow judges music manager Louis...
  • Why 'American Idol' still trumps 'The Voice'

    Why 'American Idol' still trumps 'The Voice'
    In going blond this week, Adam Levine illustrated the central problem with "The Voice." The NBC singing contest is, and has always been, more about the big-name coaches than the unknown singers struggling to win. Levine's new hair shade made more of...
  • Upfronts 2014: 'American Idol' gets little love at Fox presentation

    At Fox's upfront presentation Monday in New York, entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly boasted about the network's breakout freshman drama "Sleepy Hollow" and boasted of its lineup of "youth appeal comedies" like "New Girl," "Mindy Project" and "Brooklyn...
  • Upfronts 2014: Simon Cowell, Univision team on new singing competition

    Upfronts 2014: Simon Cowell, Univision team on new singing competition
    In perhaps one of the most unexpected partnerships to come out of the Upfronts, it was announced that Simon Cowell is teaming with Univision to find the next-generation Latino boy band. En serio. Univision capped its presentation to media buyers on...
  • Competition heats up among Spanish-language media firms

    NEW YORK — Soccer, spicy love stories, a search for a next-generation Latino boy band and even NASCAR racing have become armaments in a stepped-up battle for Latino television viewers. For years, the two established Spanish-language media...
  • Q&A: Nigel Lythgoe and Tom Bergeron on the State of Reality TV

    Nigel Lythgoe and Tom Bergeron have never worked together before, but they joke they keep bumping into each other in the hallways at work -- both dance shows record at the same studio. We caught up with the British judge of "So You Think You Can Dance"...
  • Emmys 2014: In today's TV landscape, it's evolve or die

    Emmys 2014: In today's TV landscape, it's evolve or die
    Word had it that by the time Warren Leight took over as “Law & Order: SVU” showrunner in the series’ 13th season that the job would be a temporary assignment. “There was a sense that it would be 13 and out. Welcome to the Titanic.&...
  • 'Pudsey the Dog: The Movie' Travels the World

    EDINBURGH, Scotland -- "Pudsey the Dog: The Movie," which stars the canine winner of "Britain's Got Talent," is continuing to sell well internationally, with sales company Content racking up multiple distribution deals. The film is co-produced by Simon...
  • ACM and CMA square off in awards show showdown

    ACM and CMA square off in awards show showdown
    Broad of shoulder and booming of voice, Bob Romeo is a memorable guy with a seemingly memorable job title: chief executive of the Academy of Country Music. Based in Encino, it's one of that genre's two principal trade groups along with Nashville's...