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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' contestants Alex & Sierra rock iTunes ahead of finale

    'X Factor' contestants Alex & Sierra rock iTunes ahead of finale
    It may not be having the best season in the ratings, but Simon Cowell's "X Factor" is definitely a factor in song sales.  The sweetheart duo Alex & Sierra's cover of the Sara Bareilles song "Gravity" has the top spot on iTunes' song chart following...
  • Demi Lovato to step down as judge on 'The X Factor'

    Because too much time has passed since there was a judge shakeup on a singing competition show, it looks like Demi Lovato will be stepping down from her judge's perch on "The X Factor." The 21-year-old singer told reporters after Wednesday's finale show...
  • Taylor Swift's 'Sweeter Than Fiction' shows fairy tales do come true

    Taylor Swift's 'Sweeter Than Fiction' shows fairy tales do come true
    Taylor Swift energetically paced the room of her West Hollywood hotel on a recent visit to Los Angeles. "I'm trying to outrun the jet lag," she said with a smile, looking far from ragged in her matching purple sweater and skirt. Before landing in L.A.,...
  • TV ratings: NFL big for NBC; 'Charlie Brown' surges; Lady Gaga soft

    TV ratings: NFL big for NBC; 'Charlie Brown' surges; Lady Gaga soft
    NBC gobbled up plenty of viewers with the Thanksgiving NFL matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers.  The game, a 22-20 victory for Baltimore, drew a household rating of 11.5 in Nielsen's metered markets Thursday, up 3% from last...
  • 'X Factor': Kelly Rowland would kiss Simon Cowell for Rachel Potter's return

     
    Rachel Potter was feeling good about her chances to make Top 10 week on "The X Factor" Season 3, but unfortunately the vote didn't shake out in her favor. She talks to Zap2it about her elimination and what's next....
  • Review: 'The Improv' charts the comedy club's early days

     Review: 'The Improv' charts the comedy club's early days
    For a short and breezy documentary narrated by Adam Sandler in which a group of famous comedians talk about themselves, "The Improv: 50 Years Behind the Brick Wall" packs a surprisingly provocative punch. In these days of digital "stardom," when fame is...
  • Monday's TV Highlights: 'Six by Sondheim' on HBO

    Monday's TV Highlights: 'Six by Sondheim' on HBO
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Dec. 8 - 14, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     --------------------   SERIES The Independents Former MTV host...
  • Susan Boyle diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome

    Susan Boyle diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome
    Susan Boyle has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, the Scottish singer said in an interview with the U.K. newspaper The Observer. A developmental disorder on the milder end of the autism spectrum, Asperger's syndrome affects social interaction and...
  • TV ratings: 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Scandal' rise with fall finales

    TV ratings: 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Scandal' rise with fall finales
    "Scandal" viewers learned the truth about Olivia Pope's mother Thursday night, and it looks like there were plenty of them. "Scandal" and "Grey's Anatomy" had their midseason finales on ABC, and both series saw lifts in their total audiences and among key...
  • Simon Cowell: With Alex & Sierra and Jeff Gutt, 'X Factor' is getting it right

     
    Something happened on "The X Factor" a few weeks ago: the show suddenly started getting the word-of-mouth chatter usually reserved for buzzier shows like "The Voice" or "American Idol." Simon Cowell discusses what caused the change in the competition....
  • 'One Direction: This Is Us'

    It's probably not a surprise that this documentary about the popular boy band is a favorable profile, but the surprise is in who made it: Morgan Spurlock, who showed a knack for exposes with "Super Size Me" and continues to in his CNN series "Inside Man."...
  • Mayo: Singing twins get push from 'angel' teacher

    For those Broward readers who might have missed it in their newspapers, check out this column I wrote for the Thursday Palm Beach County edition about singing twins Rashad and Tashad Gardenhire, and Judy McMahon, a music teacher at Banyan Creek Elementary...