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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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  • Spielberg tops Forbes' list of highest-paid entertainers

    Spielberg tops Forbes' list of highest-paid entertainers
    With an estimated $100 million in 2012 income, “Lincoln” director and DreamWorks studio head Steven Spielberg topped Forbes’ list of the biggest male earners in show business, but he still trailed Madonna by some $25 million. The...
  • Top 5 Concerts of the Coming Week

     
    Here are the Top 5 Concerts of the Coming Week: 1. MATT NATHANSON Matt Nathanson has been pigeonholed as a gentle singer-songwriter with his platinum 2008 single “Come On Get Higher” and 2011’s follow-up hit “Faster.” It&#...
  • 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...
  • 'The X Factor' Screws Up Live Vote, Contestants to Sing Again

    An on-screen gaffe is forcing producers to scrap the voting results from Wednesday night's "X Factor" and the contestants will sing again during Thursday night's live episode. As explained by Fox, "As a result of a graphics error (incorrect voting...
  • 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-...
  • Friday's TV Highlights: 'Great Performances' on PBS

    Friday's TV Highlights: 'Great Performances' on PBS
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Oct. 27 - Nov. 2, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     --------------------   SERIES The Carrie Diaries Carrie and Walt...
  • British pop star Cher Lloyd says following up hit 'Want U Back' doesn't scare her

     
    When an artist has a massive hit with her first single, as British pop singer Cher Lloyd did with her song “Want U Back” last year, it can lead to all sorts of hand-wringing about how to follow it up.......
  • Hey Simon Cowell: With 'X Factor' ratings sliding, can you save it?

    Hey Simon Cowell: With 'X Factor' ratings sliding, can you save it?
    Attention, Simon Cowell: You need to rethink the ratings factor for "The X Factor." Fox's singing contest reemerged Tuesday night with a serious baseball hangover, drooping to just 4.9 million total viewers with a two-hour special, according to Nielsen....
  • 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...
  • Katy Perry Debuts at No. 1 on the Album Chart

    Katy Perry claimed the No. 1 slot on the U.S. album chart this week with the biggest tally for a female artist to date this year. Pumped by the No. 1 single "Roar," the California pop singer's Capitol set "Prism" debuted at the top with out-of-the-box...