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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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  • 'The Walking Dead' recap: Catching up with everyone else

    'The Walking Dead' recap: Catching up with everyone else
    Last week's episode of "The Walking Dead" focused exclusively on Rick, Carl and Michonne, so it makes total sense that this week's episode, "Inmates," brings us up to speed with the rest of the surviving members of the cast. This episode wasn't full...
  • Mount Rushmore

     
    Presumably because of Presidents Day, ESPN was on a big Mount Rushmore kick last week. Most, but not all, of these involved sports, and it was catching. The Call's Keith Groller even got into the act with a bunch of......
  • West End Review: 'I Can't Sing'

    London now has two blockbuster-scale tuners shamelessly embracing bad taste and spoofing genres in song while being endorsed by the institutions they lampoon. The first (vastly superior) one is the smash hit "The Book of Mormon." The newcomer is "I Can'...
  • FremantleMedia Puts Focus on Growing Drama Production

    RTL group's global production and distribution arm FremantleMedia is best known for its reality competition shows, such as "The X Factor," pictured above, and "Got Talent" franchises, but there's much more to it than that. Last year, FremantleMedia...
  • '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)...
  • 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...
  • Has 'American Idol' Officially Entered Its Post-Phenom Phase?

    "American Idol," welcome to the next phase of your ratings life - the one in which you are no longer a red-hot phenomenon. "Survivor" survived it, going from national magazine covers to ambling along as another mere mortal among TV shows. Now the trick...
  • 'Downton Abbey's' Nigel Harman plays Simon Cowell in 'X Factor' musical

     
    The "Downton Abbey" rapist is playing Simon Cowell in a musical about "The X Factor" ... wait, what?...
  • 'American Idol' new judge Harry Connick Jr., like the show, comes up short

     
    Back in September 2012, Grammy- and Emmy Award-winning jazz-pop singer Harry Connick Jr. told Lehigh Valley Music in an interview that he wouldn’t want to be a judge on “American Idol,” or any other television singing competition because...
  • Sputtering 'X-Factor' and weak films crimp Fox's profit

    Sputtering 'X-Factor' and weak films crimp Fox's profit
    Media company 21st Century Fox's fiscal second-quarter profit was sliced in half, largely because big-ticket feature films landed with a thud at the box office and the broadcast network continues its uphill slog. Fox's television show "X-Factor" with...
  • Simon Cowell Rejoins U.K. Version of 'The X Factor'

    BERLIN -- Simon Cowell is to return as a judge to the British version of "The X Factor," which airs on ITV. Cowell left the series in 2010 when he launched the U.S. version of the show, which airs on Fox. Since his departure the U.K. show's ratings have...