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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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  • Simon Cowell, SFX Entertainment Team for EDM Competition Series

    Simon Cowell and Robert Sillerman's SFX Entertainment are teaming on a hybrid digital-TV competition series revolving around DJs for EDM events. "Ultimate DJ" will invite contenders to submit recordings online for fan voting via social media. Once a...
  • BBC Star Jeremy Clarkson Fights to Clear Name after Accusations of Racism

    LONDON -- Jeremy Clarkson, one of the BBC's biggest stars, is fighting to salvage his career after being accused of racism. Clarkson, who presents international hit "Top Gear," had been accused of using racist language while filming the show. The...
  • 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...
  • Kevin Reilly exits Fox Broadcasting after tough season

    Kevin Reilly exits Fox Broadcasting after tough season
    The top entertainment executive at Fox Broadcasting has resigned in the wake of a bruising television season. The departure of Kevin Reilly as chairman of entertainment for Fox comes less than three weeks after he presented a new fall schedule to...
  • Sony Lands Edward Snowden Story For Bond Producers

    Sony Pictures Entertainment has optioned the film rights to the book "No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State" with the James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions producing the pic....
  • Japan's Domo Monster Celebrates 'Ghostbusters' Anniversary

    The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man has found a new friend to attack New York City. Japan's Domo will help celebrate the 30th anniversary of "Ghostbusters" as part of a line of consumer products and collectibles tied to the film Sony will release this fall....
  • Will summer's singing-competition shows be the same old song?

    You might think, at this point, that there is simply no way a TV network could possibly put on another singing show. And yet you would be wrong. Fox has the once-powerful "American Idol" and NBC the still-formidable "The Voice." But ABC has been...
  • '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-...
  • U.K. Broadcaster ITV to Buy Majority Stake in 'Pawn Stars' Producer Leftfield

    LONDON -- U.K. broadcaster ITV is to acquire a controlling stake in U.S production company Leftfield Entertainment Group, which produces "Pawn Stars." The deal will make ITV's U.S. production arm, ITV Studios U.S. Group, the largest independent...
  • Simon Cowell Launching Movie Partnership with 'Lego Movie' Animation House

    Simon Cowell is moving into family movies through his Syco Entertainment banner with Australia-based Animal Logic in a multi-project partnership. The alliance is already developing several music-based animated and hybrid animation-live action films....
  • 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...