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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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  • TV ratings: 'X Factor' finale falls 45% from a year ago

    TV ratings: 'X Factor' finale falls 45% from a year ago
    Simon Cowell scored a victory as his lovebird singing duo Alex & Sierra won "The X Factor" Thursday night, but the show hasn't been much of a triumph for Fox in the ratings this year.  The musical contest's third season finale drew 6.2 million viewers...
  • 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...
  • Delray Beach twins go from homeless to 'X Factor' to a new stage

    Delray Beach twins go from homeless to 'X Factor' to a new stage
    Before 20-year-old Delray Beach twins Rashad and Tashad Gardenhire got a “yes” vote from Simon Cowell for the new season of “The X Factor,” they’d heard a lot of “no.” The story of how they went from being...
  • A Christmas story: Double Trouble and Momma J

    A Christmas story: Double Trouble and Momma J
    What's the holiday season about? It's about Tashad and Rashad Gardenhire, Judy McMahon and Drew Tucker, you and the Arts Garage. The twin Gardenhire brothers were living on the street, sleeping in a relative’s car or a Delray Beach playground, and...
  • 'X Factor' to air do-over after 'graphics error' for phone voting

    'X Factor' to air do-over after 'graphics error' for phone voting
    Simon Cowell made a boo-boo. Cowell's singing contest, "The X Factor," messed up its voting process during Wednesday's show, showing viewers the wrong onscreen phone numbers for dial-in votes. As a result, the producers of the Fox show are tossing out...
  • American woman becomes finalist on 'Arabs Got Talent'

    American woman becomes finalist on 'Arabs Got Talent'
    Jennifer Grout is a 23-year-old blond from Boston with a lovely singing voice and dreams of stardom who, like many an aspiring superstar before her, has turned to a reality TV in a bid for fame. But Grout is not competing on "The Voice" or "American...
  • Simon Cowell says 'X Factor' will be back, but his role may change

    Simon Cowell says 'X Factor' will be back, but his role may change
    "The X Factor" has seen some pretty terrible ratings this season. But Simon Cowell says have no fear, his singing contest will return. "The show will be back next season," Cowell said during a conference call with reporters Monday to promote Wednesday's...
  • 'X Factor' contestants Alex & Sierra rock iTunes ahead of finale

    'X Factor' contestants Alex & Sierra rock iTunes ahead of finale
    It may not be having the best season in the ratings, but Simon Cowell's "X Factor" is definitely a factor in song sales.  The sweetheart duo Alex & Sierra's cover of the Sara Bareilles song "Gravity" has the top spot on iTunes' song chart following...
  • Demi Lovato to step down as judge on 'The X Factor'

    Because too much time has passed since there was a judge shakeup on a singing competition show, it looks like Demi Lovato will be stepping down from her judge's perch on "The X Factor." The 21-year-old singer told reporters after Wednesday's finale show...
  • 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: NFL big for NBC; 'Charlie Brown' surges; Lady Gaga soft

    TV ratings: NFL big for NBC; 'Charlie Brown' surges; Lady Gaga soft
    NBC gobbled up plenty of viewers with the Thanksgiving NFL matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers.  The game, a 22-20 victory for Baltimore, drew a household rating of 11.5 in Nielsen's metered markets Thursday, up 3% from last...