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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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  • AXS TV To Air U.K. Version of 'The X Factor'

    Just because Fox canceled the American version of "The X Factor" doesn't mean some version of the show isn't available on theses shores. Cable's AXS TV will serve as the official U.S. broadcast home for the eleventh season of "The X Factor UK," the...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • Gene Simmons Launching Reality Music Competition at Mipcom

    KISS rocker-turner-reality-star Gene Simmons will be launching a new reality music competition next month at Mipcom. Simmons has teamed up with Sierra/Engine Television on the talent competition "Coliseum," which bids bands against each other like...
  • Night Shyamalan, Cuba Gooding Jr. And Donald Sutherland Among Mipcom's Talent Slate

    PARIS- Night Shyamalan, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Donald Sutherland will lead a large delegation of talent and filmmakers set to present their shows at the 30th edition of Mipcom, the international TV market hosted in Cannes. Shyamalan will present "Wayward...
  • 'X Factor' Singer Simone Battle Found Dead in Her Home

    "X Factor" finalist and G.R.L. pop group member Simone Battle was found dead in her Los Angeles home on Friday. She was 25. The singer was discovered hanging on a rod in her bedroom closet on Friday morning, TMZ reports. The official cause of death...
  • Weekend preview: Serendipity and a white tiger on Las Olas

    Weekend preview: Serendipity and a white tiger on Las Olas
    Plantation native Emily Kopp’s new album, a gracefully crafted collection of pop ruminations on life as a 20-something ¬†woman standing eagerly at the edge of life’s vast possibility, is called “Serendipity Find Me.” But it was hard...
  • Weekend preview: Wild rides, wild runs and wild life

    Weekend preview: Wild rides, wild runs and wild life
    If there is irony to be found in genuflecting at the chrome hubcap of the automobile at a time of year when the weather could not be more hospitable to the idea of walking (with its added payoff of contributing to a more healthful lifestyle, like we...
  • Taylor Swift's 'Sweeter Than Fiction' shows fairy tales do come true

    Taylor Swift's 'Sweeter Than Fiction' shows fairy tales do come true
    Taylor Swift energetically paced the room of her West Hollywood hotel on a recent visit to Los Angeles. "I'm trying to outrun the jet lag," she said with a smile, looking far from ragged in her matching purple sweater and skirt. Before landing in L.A.,...
  • TV ratings: 'American Idol' 13th season premiere slides

    TV ratings: 'American Idol' 13th season premiere slides
    Fox's long-running "American Idol" continued to show its age with the ratings from its season premiere Wednesday night. The 13th season opener of "American Idol" drew an average 15.2 million viewers overall and earned a rating of 4.7 among key 18- to...
  • 'American Idol' recap: Season 13 kicks off with humor and talent

    'American Idol' recap: Season 13 kicks off with humor and talent
    "Life can change … in a heartbeat," "American Idol" reminded us Wednesday night as it kicked off a new season with a fresh batch of hopefuls, a greater focus on the positive (fewer prolonged looks at the cringe-inducingly untalented and delusional)...