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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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  • Could Stacy Keibler be next host of 'The X Factor'?

    Could Stacy Keibler be next host of 'The X Factor'?
    Stacy Keibler is one of a handful of stars rumored to be on the short list to become the next host of"The X Factor." According to Entertainment Weekly, the Baltimore native who's profile has soared since dating A-lister George Clooney, is one of five...
  • '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...
  • '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...
  • '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...
  • '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, 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....
  • 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......
  • 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......
  • '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......
  • Chris Isaak the next 'Idol' judge?

     
    There's some speculation that Chris Isaak might be the next American Idol judge, replacing Simon Cowell. According to Reuters, Hollywood Reporter says Isaak's met with Fox twice, though a few weeks ago the rumor was it was going to be......
  • 'American Idol' recap: Top 5 perform

     
    Tonight's American Idol starts the usual way, with the dramatic declaration, "This ... is ... American Idol!" Except instead of host Ryan Seacrest making the pronouncement, it's this week's mentor, Harry Connick Jr. Hi, Harry!He'll be helping the kiddos...
  • 'American Idol' recap: Top 4 perform

     
    Tonight's theme for the Top 4 on American Idol is songs from the movies, with an assist from mentor Jamie Foxx.He wants them to prove their worth as artists, rather than contestants.First up is Lee DeWyze with "Kiss From the......