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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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  • 'Idol' isn't idle

    'Idol' isn't idle
    For every Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson, there are dozens of "American Idol" contestants who have yet to find stardom, but haven't given up on their rock 'n' roll dreams. Burbank resident Mary Powers is one of them. Until recently the 28-year-...
  • 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-...
  • Talking with Demi Lovato: Former tween queen speaks about becoming an adult before Sands Bethlehem Event Center show

     
    Over the past four years, Demi Lovato has been going through a transition. Certainly going from being a teenager to a young adult — Lovato now is 21 — was a huge change, as it is in anyone’s life. But......
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Ex-homeless 'X Factor' twins get second show at Arts Garage

    Ex-homeless 'X Factor' twins get second show at Arts Garage
    The story of indomitable Delray Beach twins Rashad and Tashad Gardenhire, who overcame homelessness to charm “X Factor” creator Simon Cowell, just got better. Their first headlining concert performance on Thursday at the Arts Garage, a...
  • 'One Direction: This Is Us' premieres and the guys look like stars

    'One Direction: This Is Us' premieres and the guys look like stars
    I am way beyond the point where I should swoon over a boy band. But looking at pictures of the five guys who make up the phenomenally popular One Direction at the world premiere of their new documentary film in London on Tuesday, it was hard not to. It'...