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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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  • ITV Wants Simon Cowell Back For 'X Factor' U.K.

    U.K. private broadcaster ITV is pushing Simon Cowell to return to judging the Brit version of "X Factor," as part of negotiations to extend the show on the channel. The three-year contract between ITV, Cowell's shingle Syco and co-producer Fremantle...
  • 'American Idol' recap: Season 13 kicks off with humor and talent

    'American Idol' recap: Season 13 kicks off with humor and talent
    "Life can change … in a heartbeat," "American Idol" reminded us Wednesday night as it kicked off a new season with a fresh batch of hopefuls, a greater focus on the positive (fewer prolonged looks at the cringe-inducingly untalented and delusional)...
  • TV ratings: 'American Idol' 13th season premiere slides

    TV ratings: 'American Idol' 13th season premiere slides
    Fox's long-running "American Idol" continued to show its age with the ratings from its season premiere Wednesday night. The 13th season opener of "American Idol" drew an average 15.2 million viewers overall and earned a rating of 4.7 among key 18- to...
  • Has 'American Idol' Officially Entered Its Post-Phenom Phase?

    "American Idol," welcome to the next phase of your ratings life - the one in which you are no longer a red-hot phenomenon. "Survivor" survived it, going from national magazine covers to ambling along as another mere mortal among TV shows. Now the trick...
  • '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...
  • Simon Cowell talks being a dad to baby with Lauren Silverman

     
    After weeks of silence, Simon Cowell is finally opening up about becoming a dad. The "X Factor" judge fathered a baby with the estranged wife of a former friend....
  • Fall 2013 Reality Shows: New series from E!, Bravo, Oxygen and more!

     
    Reality fans, the fall TV season has plenty of brand-new unscripted offerings for your viewing pleasure — plus the welcome return of some popular favorites.  Here's a sampling of Fall 2013 reality shows. (All times Eastern/Pacific) Patrick Dempsey:...
  • Prince George registered; no pressure for Harry to produce heir

    Prince George registered; no pressure for Harry to produce heir
    Prince William and his wife Catherine have officially registered their nearly 3-week-old son, Prince George Alexander Louis. Our favorite part of the form? His parents' occupations. Wills, 31, is listed as "Prince of the United Kingdom," rather than...
  • Harry Styles Clowns Simon Cowell for 'Questionable Dress Sense'

    Unsurprisingly the crowds went Syco for the Simon Cowell quintuplets, on Aug. 20 in Leicester Square. Proud producer Cowell jocularly announced on arrival, "I feel like a father!" The occasion of his paternal pride: the world bow of Sony/Tri Star's...
  • 'True Blood' star Rutina Wesley files for divorce

    'True Blood' star Rutina Wesley files for divorce
    Rutina Wesley of "True Blood" has filed for divorce from her husband of eight years. Wesley, 34, plays feisty vampire Tara Thornton in the campy HBO series, which wrapped its sixth season on Sunday. The actress filed for the split from actor Jacob...
  • David Cassidy arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in New York

    David Cassidy arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in New York
    David Cassidy, onetime teen dream and "The Partridge Family" star, was arrested Wednesday morning just after midnight in upstate New York on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Cassidy, 63, was initially pulled over for driving with his high beams...