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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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  • Review: Paul Potts' aria turn at stardom is relived in '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...
  • Monday's TV Highlights: 'Six by Sondheim' on HBO

    Monday's TV Highlights: 'Six by Sondheim' on HBO
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Dec. 8 - 14, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     --------------------   SERIES The Independents Former MTV host...
  • Susan Boyle diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome

    Susan Boyle has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, the Scottish singer said in an interview with the U.K. newspaper The Observer. A developmental disorder on the milder end of the autism spectrum, Asperger's syndrome affects social interaction and...
  • TV ratings: 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Scandal' rise with fall finales

    TV ratings: 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Scandal' rise with fall finales
    "Scandal" viewers learned the truth about Olivia Pope's mother Thursday night, and it looks like there were plenty of them. "Scandal" and "Grey's Anatomy" had their midseason finales on ABC, and both series saw lifts in their total audiences and among key...
  • '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...
  • Simon Cowell, SFX Entertainment Team for EDM Competition Series

    Simon Cowell and Robert Sillerman's SFX Entertainment are teaming on a hybrid digital-TV competition series revolving around DJs for EDM events. "Ultimate DJ" will invite contenders to submit recordings online for fan voting via social media. Once a...
  • 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...
  • BBC Star Jeremy Clarkson Fights to Clear Name after Accusations of Racism

    LONDON -- Jeremy Clarkson, one of the BBC's biggest stars, is fighting to salvage his career after being accused of racism. Clarkson, who presents international hit "Top Gear," had been accused of using racist language while filming the show. The...
  • Simon Cowell's 'Britain's Got Talent' Attracts Record Audience

    LONDON -- The opening show of the eighth season of Simon Cowell's "Britain's Got Talent" attracted a record launch audience of more than 11 million viewers on Saturday. The talent show began with 11.1 million viewers, a 47.3% share of the audience,...