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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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  • WATCH: One Direction's Harry Styles, Liam Payne Sing the Alphabet on 'Sesame Street'

    The members of One Direction have been churning out pop hits since they came together after competing on "The X-Factor," but their latest musical endeavor involves a much simpler tune. In advance of the group's upcoming appearance in "Sesame Street's"...
  • Why 'The View' Should Bring Back Rosie O'Donnell

    On Friday, "The View" opened with a conversation about the father of Santa Barbara mass shooter Elliott Rodger. The Hot Topics segment was meant to prompt a debate about whether parents of murderers really know their children, but the conversation went...
  • Q&A: Nigel Lythgoe and Tom Bergeron on the State of Reality TV

    Nigel Lythgoe and Tom Bergeron have never worked together before, but they joke they keep bumping into each other in the hallways at work -- both dance shows record at the same studio. We caught up with the British judge of "So You Think You Can Dance"...
  • Emmys 2014: In today's TV landscape, it's evolve or die

    Emmys 2014: In today's TV landscape, it's evolve or die
    Word had it that by the time Warren Leight took over as “Law & Order: SVU” showrunner in the series’ 13th season that the job would be a temporary assignment. “There was a sense that it would be 13 and out. Welcome to the Titanic.&...
  • 'Pudsey the Dog: The Movie' Travels the World

    EDINBURGH, Scotland -- "Pudsey the Dog: The Movie," which stars the canine winner of "Britain's Got Talent," is continuing to sell well internationally, with sales company Content racking up multiple distribution deals. The film is co-produced by Simon...
  • Friday's TV Highlights: 'Ender's Game' on Cinemax

    Friday's TV Highlights: 'Ender's Game' on Cinemax
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of June 1 - 7, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies -------------------- SERIES No Limits In the first of two new episode...
  • 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...