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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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  • Fox's 'X Factor' Hits Series Lows Kicking Off Its Third Season

    Fox's "The X Factor," which tried to create some excitement for season three by shaking up its judging panel one more time, stumbled out of the gate Wednesday with series-low ratings. The net fared better with the finale of "MasterChef," which was the...
  • TV ratings: 'X Factor' numbers rise from low premiere

    Thursday night's episode of Fox's singing competition "The X Factor" got a bit of an uptick from its low premiere, which aired the previous night.  According to early numbers from Nielsen, the Simon Cowell show drew an average of 6.8 million viewers, an...
  • TV ratings: 'X Factor' premiere falls from last year

    TV ratings: 'X Factor' premiere falls from last year
    Fox's singing contest "The X Factor" was back Wednesday for its third season, with Simon Cowell joined by returning judge Demi Lovato and two newcomers, Destiny's Child's Kelly Rowland and Latin pop artist Paulina Rubio. The series returned with a one-...
  • 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...
  • Mexican Director Gaz Alazraki Reveals His Nine Unlikely Teachers

    Mexican director Gaz Alazraki shook up his country's film industry this year when his raucous clash of the classes comedy "Nosotros los nobles" ("We Are the Nobles") grossed more than $26 million at the Mexico box office. It also put the 35-year-old...
  • TV ratings: 'America's Got Talent' finale rises; 'Survivor' falls

    TV ratings: 'America's Got Talent' finale rises; 'Survivor' falls
    As "America's Got Talent" crowned the winner of its eighth season Wednesday night, the series danced its way to a slight ratings boost over last year, according to early numbers from Nielsen. "Talent" brought in an average of 11.3-million viewers, up 7%...
  • Friday TV Highlights: 'The Watsons Go to Birmingham' on Hallmark

    Friday TV Highlights: 'The Watsons Go to Birmingham' on Hallmark
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 15 - 21, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     -------------------- SERIES Last Man Standing Tim Allen's family...
  • TV ratings: 'X Factor' hits low; 'MSQ' finale rises; CBS wins

    Fox's "The X Factor" has hit a low note in the ratings.  According to early numbers from Nielsen, Simon Cowell's singing competition drew a total of just more than six million viewers and generated a rating of 1.9 in the advertiser-desired 18-49-year-...
  • Emmys 2013: NBC's 'The Voice' marks a reality triumph over 'Idol'

     Emmys 2013: NBC's 'The Voice' marks a reality triumph over 'Idol'
    NBC's "The Voice" managed to do something that "American Idol" has never accomplished, winning the Emmy for reality competition program. For producer Mark Burnett, the honor — and the separation from its reality singing contest competitor "Idol"...
  • Michelle Williams to make Broadway debut in 'Cabaret' revival?

    Michelle Williams to make Broadway debut in 'Cabaret' revival?
    Michelle Williams will make her Broadway debut as sultry nightclub singer Sally Bowles in a planned revival of "Cabaret," according to reports. The three-time Oscar nominee will star in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production opposite Alan...
  • Emmys 2013 tops Twitter rankings, followed by 'Breaking Bad'

    Emmys 2013 tops Twitter rankings, followed by 'Breaking Bad'
    If there's one thing you can count on from awards shows, it's that they will be heavily tweeted about, and Sunday night's Emmys telecast was no exception.  The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, in which "Breaking Bad," "Modern Family" and "Behind the...
  • 'Biggest Loser': Ruben Studdard asks fans to transform with him

    'Biggest Loser': Ruben Studdard asks fans to transform with him
    Ruben Studdard says "American Idol" gave him a career. Now, he wants "The Biggest Loser" to give him a life. Studdard -- nicknamed "The Velvet Teddy Bear" partly for his girth and his cuddly, cheerful, happy-go-lucky demeanor -- said he is returning...