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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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  • Zai Bennett to Leave BBC Three to Join BSkyB's Sky Atlantic

    LONDON -- Zai Bennett, controller of the BBC's youth channel, BBC Three, is to leave to become director of BSkyB's Sky Atlantic. BBC Three has won four BAFTAs in two years: best factual for "Our War," seasons one and two, best drama for "The Fades,"...
  • Rolling Stones manager protests Rock Hall of Fame, skips own induction

    Rolling Stones manager protests Rock Hall of Fame, skips own induction
    This post has been updated. See note below for details. Andrew Loog Oldham, the Rolling Stones' early manager, producer and publicist who is being inducted this year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has announced that he will skip the ceremony....
  • Peaches Geldof: Celebs react, autopsy set in 'nonsuspicious' death

    Peaches Geldof: Celebs react, autopsy set in 'nonsuspicious' death
    The day after Peaches Geldof's death, authorities are searching in and around the house where the model, writer and socialite was found, with an autopsy scheduled for Wednesday.  After the autopsy, the coroner will open an investigation and decide...
  • Simon Cowell not proud of affair, but he has embraced family life

    Simon Cowell has regrets, but his baby son's not one. How that baby started off, well, that's another story. Cowell, of course, was caught in an affair last summer with now-girlfriend Lauren Silverman, who was still married to Cowell pal Andrew...
  • Designer Tom Ford reveals he and Richard Buckley are married

    Designer Tom Ford reveals he and Richard Buckley are married
    Tom Ford and his longtime partner, Richard Buckley, have gotten married, the designer revealed at an event in London on Monday night.  "We are now married, which is nice," the 52-year-old told Vogue. "I know that was just made legal in the U.K., which...
  • Amanda Bynes never diagnosed with schizophrenia, her lawyer says

    Amanda Bynes has been popping up recently on social media looking pretty good, and now her lawyer is speaking out to deny a mental-health rumor reported during her struggles last year.  "For the record, Amanda does not have schizophrenia, nor has she...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Cheryl Cole to Return to 'The X Factor' in the U.K.

    LONDON -- Singer Cheryl Cole has inked a deal to return as a judge on "The X Factor" in the U.K. for a reported £1.5 million ($2.5 million). Cole quit the judging panel of the U.K. show in 2011 to join the U.S. version of the show, but was ejected...
  • 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...