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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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  • '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 Rules Itself Out of Bidding for Rival Channel 5

    LONDON -- Adam Crozier, chief executive of the U.K.'s leading commercial channel ITV, has said the company will not be among the bidders for rival free-to-air network Channel 5. First round bidding for Richard Desmond's Channel 5 starts Thursday, with...
  • Paul Potts Biopic 'One Chance' Moved Back Again to Aug. 29

    The Weinstein Co. has moved back the U.S. release of "One Chance," the biopic about about "Britain's Got Talent" winner Paul Potts, to Aug. 29. "One Chance" had originally been scheduled for release on Feb. 7 before it was moved back to March 14. The...
  • 'Boardwalk Empire' Thesp Jack Huston to Ignite Period Drama 'Great Fire of London'

    LONDON -- "Boardwalk Empire" and "American Hustle" thesp Jack Huston is to star as English monarch Charles II in Ecosse Films' 17th-century period drama "The Great Fire of London," which has been greenlit by U.K. free-to-air channel ITV. The four-...
  • 'X Factor': Will cancellation hurt Alex & Sierra?

    'X Factor': Will cancellation hurt Alex & Sierra?
    "American Idol" is moving toward announcing its finalists next week. But you may still be thinking about the other Fox singing contest, "The X Factor," which was canceled last week. What could that show's end mean to Alex & Sierra, the Central Florida...
  • REVIEW: 'One Chance' ★★★

    Before Susan Boyle there was Paul Potts, a schlubby car-phone salesman from Wales who blew Simon Cowell and his fellow judges away on the first episode of "Britain's Got Talent" with his rendition of Puccini's aria "Nessun Dorma." The son of a steelworker...
  • Simon Cowell crosses the Atlantic to welcome baby son Eric

    Simon Cowell crosses the Atlantic to welcome baby son Eric
    Simon Cowell raced across the Atlantic Ocean on Friday and it was worth the effort: His son with girlfriend Lauren Silverman was born in New York on Valentine's Day. Cowell, 54, hopped a jet in London after getting word that Silverman was in labor and...
  • Simon Cowell is now an ex-factor

    This post has been updated. See below for details. Not so long ago, Simon Cowell was probably the most powerful man on American TV. His cranky, caustic judging had helped make "American Idol" an invincible No. 1 hit. As a producer, he makes "America's...
  • Christina Aguilera engaged to Matthew Rutler

    Christina Aguilera engaged to Matthew Rutler
    Christina Aguilera is engaged to boyfriend Matthew Rutler, the singer and "The Voice" coach announced Friday afternoon on Twitter. "He asked and I said ...... ," she tweeted, along with a picture of them holding hands, flashing her giant diamond...
  • Ellen Page targets Hollywood imagery in coming out as gay

    Ellen Page has been met with an outpouring of celebrity support after she fought back tears during an emotional speech Friday in Las Vegas in which she came out as gay. Utilizing her totem as an actress, Page early in her address singled out the...
  • '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...