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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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  • Charter plots next move. Gerwig lands plum role. Costas on DL.

    Charter plots next move. Gerwig lands plum role. Costas on DL.
    After the coffee. Before getting one of those Shia LaBeouf bags. The Skinny: I feel bad that I haven't been watching any of the Winter Olympics. Of course, I don't feel so bad that I'll tune in Wednesday night. Wednesday's headlines include Charter's...
  • '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...
  • Mount Rushmore

     
    Presumably because of Presidents Day, ESPN was on a big Mount Rushmore kick last week. Most, but not all, of these involved sports, and it was catching. The Call's Keith Groller even got into the act with a bunch of......
  • West End Review: 'I Can't Sing'

    London now has two blockbuster-scale tuners shamelessly embracing bad taste and spoofing genres in song while being endorsed by the institutions they lampoon. The first (vastly superior) one is the smash hit "The Book of Mormon." The newcomer is "I Can'...
  • 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...
  • '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...
  • Beards are in - and I love it

    There is something about a man with a good beard. Totally sexy. Many of the men in my life sport one, from a full bushy one to a tentative goatee to what some call a chin curtain. The Hubby, for example, has worn his beard for the 15 years I've known...
  • Greg Schwem: An 'F' is a very 'Nobel' grade

    My daughter burst through the front door, dropped her backpack, grabbed a handful of potato chips and flopped on the couch. A typical after-school entrance. I tepidly approached. "Any homework tonight?" "Mmmmm." A typical after-school response....
  • Interview: Cher Lloyd wants to 'have a little fun' with her new songs

    Interview: Cher Lloyd wants to 'have a little fun' with her new songs
    It was the first day of Cher Lloyd's "I Wish" tour and the 20-year-old British pop star had been up all morning trying to remember the lyrics to the five new songs she added to her set list. Lloyd — who said the first tour date is always nerve-...
  • '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'...
  • Simon Cowell says he's proud to have a baby on the way

    Simon Cowell says he's proud to have a baby on the way
    Looks as if Simon Cowell is putting the "pro" in "procreation." The 53-year-old father-to-be — he knocked up Lauren Silverman, a friend's wife, who allegedly was not separated from her hubby at the time of the knocking — is putting a...