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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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  • 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...
  • 'Downton Abbey's' Nigel Harman plays Simon Cowell in 'X Factor' musical

     
    The "Downton Abbey" rapist is playing Simon Cowell in a musical about "The X Factor" ... wait, what?...
  • 'American Idol' new judge Harry Connick Jr., like the show, comes up short

     
    Back in September 2012, Grammy- and Emmy Award-winning jazz-pop singer Harry Connick Jr. told Lehigh Valley Music in an interview that he wouldn’t want to be a judge on “American Idol,” or any other television singing competition because...
  • '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...
  • 'The Walking Dead' recap: Catching up with everyone else

    'The Walking Dead' recap: Catching up with everyone else
    Last week's episode of "The Walking Dead" focused exclusively on Rick, Carl and Michonne, so it makes total sense that this week's episode, "Inmates," brings us up to speed with the rest of the surviving members of the cast. This episode wasn't full...
  • 'X Factor' Is a Hit Overseas -- Why Not in the U.S.?

    This morning, a press release sailed into journos' mailboxes with a subject line that read in all caps: "The X Factor Continues To Thrive Across The World" (caps left out of this article's text for purely aesthetic purposes). What the email subject...
  • Friday's TV Highlights: 'Nikita' on KTLA

    Friday's TV Highlights: 'Nikita' on KTLA
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Nov. 17 - 23, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     --------------------   SERIES Hawaii Five-0 As Thanksgiving...
  • Demi Lovato: Simon Cowell, old people and more on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

     
    Demi Lovato was a guest on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Monday. She talked about judging on "The X Factor," old people, Thanksgiving, Simon Cowell and more....
  • British singer Cheryl Cole Settles 'X Factor USA' Legal Dispute

    LONDON -- British singer Cheryl Cole has settled a legal dispute with the producers of "X Factor USA," according to U.K. press reports. Cole, who achieved fame with the band Girls Aloud, had inked a deal to appear as a judge in two seasons of Simon...
  • 'X Factor': Simon Cowell - 'Say Something' was Alex and Sierra's big moment

     
    No matter how "The X Factor" turns out, Alex and Sierra are bonafide stars -- at least that's what their mentor Simon Cowell thinks. The duo's rendition of "Say Something" hit No. 1 on iTunes and according to Cowell, this is their star-making moment....
  • 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...