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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

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  • Bradley Cooper on going commando to White House: 'a nightmare'

    Bradley Cooper on going commando to White House: 'a nightmare'
    Security wasn't the only thing that was tight at the White House State Dinner last week. Just ask Bradley Cooper, who found himself going commando for what could be described as a work-related reason. He explained it all to Ellen DeGeneres in an...
  • U.K.'s ITV Buys 'Teen Wolf' Producer DiGa Vision

    LONDON -- The U.K.'s leading commercial broadcaster ITV has acquired a controlling stake in DiGa Vision, the New York-based independent producer of reality and scripted programming, including "Teen Wolf." The acquisition reps another step forward in ITV'...
  • Cee Lo Green is leaving 'The Voice'

    Cee Lo Green won't be on "The Voice" when it returns for its sixth season next week. In a last-minute announcement, the singer revealed on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Wednesday that he was moving on from the hit singing competition show. "I'm going to...
  • '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 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...
  • TV ratings: 'X Factor' finale falls 45% from a year ago

    TV ratings: 'X Factor' finale falls 45% from a year ago
    Simon Cowell scored a victory as his lovebird singing duo Alex & Sierra won "The X Factor" Thursday night, but the show hasn't been much of a triumph for Fox in the ratings this year.  The musical contest's third season finale drew 6.2 million viewers...
  • Weekend preview: Wild rides, wild runs and wild life

    Weekend preview: Wild rides, wild runs and wild life
    If there is irony to be found in genuflecting at the chrome hubcap of the automobile at a time of year when the weather could not be more hospitable to the idea of walking (with its added payoff of contributing to a more healthful lifestyle, like we...