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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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  • 'X Factor's' Simon Cowell calls female judges 'witches,' needs to dial it back

     
    Simon Cowell has always been that prickly British judge that everyone loves. But on "The X Factor" this week, he showed some flashes of that ugly Simon that rears its head every once in awhile and we did not appreciate it....
  • 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&#...
  • '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...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • Fox's 'MasterChef Junior' Renewed for Season 2

    Kids cooking competition show "MasterChef Junior" is returning to the kitchen. Host and judge Gordon Ramsay's reality show that follows tween and teen culinary geniuses through food-related challenges averaged 5.1 million total viewers in its first...
  • Louis J. Horvitz Signs On as 'American Idol' Director

    Emmy-winner Louis J. Horvitz will serve as director of the latest "American Idol" installment, Fox announced today. Horvitz joins the singing competition after overseeing live broadcasts of specials including the Academy Awards, the Emmys, the Grammys...
  • 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...
  • David Mamet Developing '7 Deadly Sins' As Limited Series for Fox (Exclusive)

    David Mamet is turning to the Good Book, setting a deal with Fox, Lionsgate TV and 20th Century Fox TV to develop a seven-hour limited series rooted in the concepts behind the seven deadly sins. Stephen McPherson is shepherding the project with Mamet...
  • Last-minute Halloween costume ideas: Fox character masks

    Last-minute Halloween costume ideas: Fox character masks
    If you're still struggling to come up with a Halloween costume, Fox has a quick and easy solution with life-size, downloadable masks of characters from its shows. You could go as Winston (Lamorne Morris) Jess (Zooey Deschanel) or other "New Girl"...
  • 'X Factor' Rises With Finale, Still Rates Well Below Last Year

    A rough season for "The X Factor" finished on an uptick Thursday, though the Fox music contest came in well below its conclusion of a year ago. On a night when it faced mostly repeat competition, the third-season finale of "The X Factor" averaged a 1.7...
  • It Takes A Choir: Gareth Malone heals wounded hearts through song on USA Network

     
    It Takes a Choir premieres Saturday, Nov. 2 at 11/10pm CT on USA Network. “I think there’s a raw power when you hear a group of people singing as one,” says British choirmaster Gareth Malone. “And if you’re in the same room...