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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

Top Simon Cowell Articles

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  • Collabro hits all the right notes [Commentary]

    Collabro hits all the right notes [Commentary]
    Just like Lewis Carroll's Alice, I slipped down an Internet rabbit hole and I found myself face to face with Collabro, a musical theater boy band from Britain. Suddenly it was 1966, The Monkees were on, and I was in love with the shy one again. Five...
  • 'American Idol' recap, Boys night in Hollywood

    'American Idol' recap, Boys night in Hollywood
    Finally after enduring weeks of drama, fighting and little talent during the audition rounds, tonight we got to endure more drama, fighting and little talent all the way in Hollywood. Where is Simon Cowell when you need him? Things were mixed up and...
  • 'American Idol' recap, Country stars (and total bombs) in Charlotte

    'American Idol' recap, Country stars (and total bombs) in Charlotte
    We're in Charlotte, and if you weren't a country music fan before tonight, chances are you just might be buying your first country CD in the morning. Recapping tonight's show was a bit challenging. We may have heard all of 10 auditions that really had...
  • 'Dancing With the Stars All-Stars' recap, Who gets cut and who stays?

    'Dancing With the Stars All-Stars' recap, Who gets cut and who stays?
    We start right off with the encore -- Sabrina and Louis' quickstep. To all of you who thought the "caught unaware backstage" opening was real last night -- they do it again, so, no. They go for the dramatic drop at the end again and Louis looks like he's...
  • 'The Voice' recap: It's back, and bigger than ever

    'The Voice' recap: It's back, and bigger than ever
    By now, we all know the drill. Celebrity coaches Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine compile teams of singing wunderkinds (of all ages) to compete against one another, but the audition process is blind. Based on the first...
  • 'American Idol' recap, The good, bad and bizarre

    'American Idol' recap, The good, bad and bizarre
    Tonight, "American Idol" arrived in Oklahoma City, the home of our very own Carrie Underwood. Surely after last night's show and being in a town that produced the likes of the country superstar, this town must be bustling with talent. Right? Not so much....
  • 'American Idol' recap: Top 12 guys perform

     
    OK, everybody, this is it. Not the Finals IT, or the Top Twelve IT, but the First Live Show IT. Will Steven Tyler be as awesome when he’s not whittled down to sound bites? Can Jennifer Lopez still be sweet......
  • Drama and uncertainty on 'X-Factor'

     
    We're still months away from the show's debut, but there is plenty of drama and uncertainty going on with Simon Cowell's highly anticipated singing show "The X Factor USA." Apparently judge Cheryl Cole has already gotten the axe! The rumor......
  • Are you ready for Simon Cowell's 'The X Factor?'

     
    Simon Cowell is back with "The X-Factor," a singing show based on the British "The X-Factor."Cowell will be joined by Paula Abdul L.A. Reid and Nicole Scherzinger as they search for the next big solo or group act. To sweeten the......
  • Why we're still intrigued by the duchess from Baltimore

    Why we're still intrigued by the duchess from Baltimore
    At a time when much of the English-speaking world is fixated on the royal wedding, it's worth pointing out that if it weren't for the original Baltimore bad girl, Wallis Warfield Simpson, Friday's nuptials might not be taking place. Without her, there...
  • Why you should be watching 'The Voice'

    Why you should be watching 'The Voice'
    We'd rather not think about the Super Bowl. But after the Vince Lombardi Trophy is presented to Sunday's winner comes a championship contest we can really get behind: the premiere of the second season of "The Voice" on NBC. A different kind of talent...
  • Jackson Blue's Z104.3 Heat Meter

    Jackson Blue's Z104.3 Heat Meter
    Which songs are you dying to hear — and which are played out?  Z104.3’s Jackson Blue weighs in with his handy Heat Meter. Gettin’ hot: “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” Katy Perry This week it became Katy’s fifth No. 1...