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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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  • Peaches Geldof: Celebs react, autopsy set in 'nonsuspicious' death

    Peaches Geldof: Celebs react, autopsy set in 'nonsuspicious' death
    The day after Peaches Geldof's death, authorities are searching in and around the house where the model, writer and socialite was found, with an autopsy scheduled for Wednesday.  After the autopsy, the coroner will open an investigation and decide...
  • Designer Tom Ford reveals he and Richard Buckley are married

    Designer Tom Ford reveals he and Richard Buckley are married
    Tom Ford and his longtime partner, Richard Buckley, have gotten married, the designer revealed at an event in London on Monday night.  "We are now married, which is nice," the 52-year-old told Vogue. "I know that was just made legal in the U.K., which...
  • Amanda Bynes never diagnosed with schizophrenia, her lawyer says

    Amanda Bynes has been popping up recently on social media looking pretty good, and now her lawyer is speaking out to deny a mental-health rumor reported during her struggles last year.  "For the record, Amanda does not have schizophrenia, nor has she...
  • Cheryl Cole to Return to 'The X Factor' in the U.K.

    LONDON -- Singer Cheryl Cole has inked a deal to return as a judge on "The X Factor" in the U.K. for a reported £1.5 million ($2.5 million). Cole quit the judging panel of the U.K. show in 2011 to join the U.S. version of the show, but was ejected...
  • Simon Cowell's 'Britain's Got Talent' Attracts Record Audience

    LONDON -- The opening show of the eighth season of Simon Cowell's "Britain's Got Talent" attracted a record launch audience of more than 11 million viewers on Saturday. The talent show began with 11.1 million viewers, a 47.3% share of the audience,...
  • 'X Factor': Will cancellation hurt Alex & Sierra?

    'X Factor': Will cancellation hurt Alex & Sierra?
    "American Idol" is moving toward announcing its finalists next week. But you may still be thinking about the other Fox singing contest, "The X Factor," which was canceled last week. What could that show's end mean to Alex & Sierra, the Central Florida...
  • Beards are in - and I love it

    There is something about a man with a good beard. Totally sexy. Many of the men in my life sport one, from a full bushy one to a tentative goatee to what some call a chin curtain. The Hubby, for example, has worn his beard for the 15 years I've known...
  • Weekend preview: Serendipity and a white tiger on Las Olas

    Weekend preview: Serendipity and a white tiger on Las Olas
    Plantation native Emily Kopp’s new album, a gracefully crafted collection of pop ruminations on life as a 20-something  woman standing eagerly at the edge of life’s vast possibility, is called “Serendipity Find Me.” But it was hard...
  • Ex-homeless 'X Factor' twins get second show at Arts Garage

    Ex-homeless 'X Factor' twins get second show at Arts Garage
    The story of indomitable Delray Beach twins Rashad and Tashad Gardenhire, who overcame homelessness to charm “X Factor” creator Simon Cowell, just got better. Their first headlining concert performance on Thursday at the Arts Garage, a...
  • Interview: Cher Lloyd wants to 'have a little fun' with her new songs

    Interview: Cher Lloyd wants to 'have a little fun' with her new songs
    It was the first day of Cher Lloyd's "I Wish" tour and the 20-year-old British pop star had been up all morning trying to remember the lyrics to the five new songs she added to her set list. Lloyd — who said the first tour date is always nerve-...
  • Enrique Iglesias sells waterfront home in Florida

    Enrique Iglesias sells waterfront home in Florida
    Singer-songwriter Enrique Iglesias has sold his waterfront home in the South Florida community of Bay Point for $6,722,500. The custom-built house of about 6,400 square feet features views of the Miami skyline, 100 feet of water frontage and a...
  • Review: Paul Potts' aria turn at stardom is relived in 'One Chance'

    Review: Paul Potts' aria turn at stardom is relived in 'One Chance'
    Before Susan Boyle there was Paul Potts, a schlubby car-phone salesman from Wales who blew Simon Cowell and his fellow judges away on the first episode of "Britain's Got Talent" with his rendition of Puccini's aria "Nessun Dorma." The son of a steelworker...