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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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  • This week: 'Dancing With the Stars' names winner; 'Blacklist,' Barbra Streisand return

    This week: 'Dancing With the Stars' names winner; 'Blacklist,' Barbra Streisand return
    Big-name guest stars, music specials and the "Dancing With the Stars" season finale pack Thanksgiving week. Some programs worth remembering: 1. "Dancing With the Stars" will have the final four couples dance at 8 p.m. Monday on ABC. The season champ...
  • Demi Lovato: Simon Cowell, old people and more on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

     
    Demi Lovato was a guest on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Monday. She talked about judging on "The X Factor," old people, Thanksgiving, Simon Cowell and more....
  • 'X Factor': Orlando singer talks back to Simon Cowell

    'X Factor': Orlando singer talks back to Simon Cowell
    Two of the final eight acts will be eliminated Thursday on "The X Factor." But the two remaining Central Florida acts gave strong performances Wednesday night in sharply different ways. Sierra Deaton of the duo Alex & Sierra rebounded with a strong...
  • 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...
  • 'The X Factor': Who is out?

    'The X Factor': Who is out?
    In a Thanksgiving edition, "The X Factor" dropped two of the final eight acts. SPOILER ALERT: The first elimination produced "shock in the audience," host Mario Lopez said. Lillie McCloud, the 54-year-old grandmother from Orlando, was out. Alex &...
  • 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...
  • This week: 'Sound of Music,' 'The Voice,' Grammy special

    This week: 'Sound of Music,' 'The Voice,' Grammy special
    How will Carrie Underwood fare as Maria in a live telecast of "The Sound of Music"? That mystery propels the most unusual program this week: NBC's live telecast of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical at 8 p.m. Thursday. The producers stress that they're...
  • 'X Factor': Alex & Sierra top themselves

    'X Factor': Alex & Sierra top themselves
    Alex & Sierra, the duo from Central Florida, had their best night yet Wednesday on "The X Factor." The top six acts each performed twice on the Fox singing contest, and two acts will be eliminated on Thursday's show at 8 p.m. But Alex Kinsey, 22, of...
  • 'X Factor': Central Florida duo hit No. 1

    'X Factor': Central Florida duo hit No. 1
    Alex & Sierra had a marvelous Wednesday on "The X Factor." They had an even better Thursday. The Central Florida duo went to No. 1 on the iTunes chart with their cover of "Say Something," which they performed on Wednesday's show. Alex Kinsey, 22, of...
  • Listen to Taylor Swift's new song 'Sweeter Than Fiction'

    Listen to Taylor Swift's new song 'Sweeter Than Fiction'
    The first thing longtime Taylor Swift fans may observe about "Sweeter Than Fiction" -- the pop-country superstar's contribution to the upcoming movie "One Chance," which dramatizes the story of "Britain's Got Talent" winner Paul Potts -- is how tight a...
  • Fifth Harmony performs, talks Simon Cowell prank on 'Live with Michael and Kelly'

     
    The girls of Fifth Harmony performed "Miss Movin' On" during Tuesday's "Live with Kelly and Michael." Then they talked about TP-ing the house of "X Factor" judge Simon Cowell....