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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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  • Simon Cowell Extends Deal with U.K.'s ITV

    LONDON -- Simon Cowell has reupped his deal with U.K. commercial broadcaster ITV for "The X Factor" and "Britain's Got Talent." The network inked the three-year pact, which is reported to be worth £150 ($241 million), with Cowell's shingle Syco...
  • 'One Direction: This Is Us'

    It's probably not a surprise that this documentary about the popular boy band is a favorable profile, but the surprise is in who made it: Morgan Spurlock, who showed a knack for exposes with "Super Size Me" and continues to in his CNN series "Inside Man."...
  • James Bond Movies Return to ITV in U.K.

    LONDON -- MGM Intl. Television Distribution has inked a multi-year deal with the U.K.'s leading commercial broadcaster ITV covering exclusive rights to the James Bond movie catalog. All 23 films in the franchise will be available for free on ITV, which...
  • Tuesday's TV Highlights: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' on Fox

    Tuesday's TV Highlights: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' on Fox
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Nov. 17 - 23, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     -------------------- SERIES The African Americans: Many Rivers...
  • Israel's hit singing reality series 'Rising Star' to come to ABC

    Israel's hit singing reality series 'Rising Star' to come to ABC
    ABC announced on Monday that it has ordered 10 episodes of Israel's hit reality series "Rising Star." The show -- a singing competition -- has been a phenomenon in Israel, pulling in almost half of all TV audiences in the country when it airs, according...
  • Friday's TV Highlights: 'Nikita' on KTLA

    Friday's TV Highlights: 'Nikita' on KTLA
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Nov. 17 - 23, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     --------------------   SERIES Hawaii Five-0 As Thanksgiving...
  • 'X Factor' Is a Hit Overseas -- Why Not in the U.S.?

    This morning, a press release sailed into journos' mailboxes with a subject line that read in all caps: "The X Factor Continues To Thrive Across The World" (caps left out of this article's text for purely aesthetic purposes). What the email subject...
  • British singer Cheryl Cole Settles 'X Factor USA' Legal Dispute

    LONDON -- British singer Cheryl Cole has settled a legal dispute with the producers of "X Factor USA," according to U.K. press reports. Cole, who achieved fame with the band Girls Aloud, had inked a deal to appear as a judge in two seasons of Simon...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Review: 'The Improv' charts the comedy club's early days

    For a short and breezy documentary narrated by Adam Sandler in which a group of famous comedians talk about themselves, "The Improv: 50 Years Behind the Brick Wall" packs a surprisingly provocative punch. In these days of digital "stardom," when fame is...