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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

Top Simon Cowell Articles

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  • 'The X-Factor': What you need to know before the premiere

    'The X-Factor': What you need to know before the premiere
    Television just isn't the same without Simon Cowell. Whether you love or loathe him, there's little denying his impact on reality TV competitions and pop-culture in general. Cowell returns to the tube Wednesday night, when his beloved project (and...
  • 'The X-Factor' recap: A running diary of the first episode

    'The X-Factor' recap: A running diary of the first episode
    THE SKINNY: Welcome to the world of "The X-Factor." From the start of Wednesday night's premiere, the "X" would take the foundations of "American Idol" — high drama, big lights and heartfelt stories — and build for the sky. This was an...
  • From Sun Magazine: Behind the scenes with 'Modern Family,' the sitcom's new savior

    From Sun Magazine: Behind the scenes with 'Modern Family,' the sitcom's new savior
    Jason Winer was directing Julie Bowen on first episode of "Modern Family" when inspiration struck. "In the initial draft, Julie's character was described as mildly controlling and neurotic," Winer says of the suburban sitcom mom. "But what she didn't...
  • 'The X-Factor' recap: Can the second episode outdo the premiere?

    'The X-Factor' recap: Can the second episode outdo the premiere?
    THE SKINNY: Have we been had? "The X-Factor" followed up a seriously stellar debut with a two-hour mess of talentless singers and worse. The supporters of the first episode should be worried. Was Thursday night the real "X-Factor" or just a momentary bump...
  • Review: Chris Brown at 1st Mariner Arena Sept. 28

    Review: Chris Brown at 1st Mariner Arena Sept. 28
    Chris Brown performed Wednesday night at 1st Mariner Arena as part of his F.A.M.E. tour. Frequent Midnight Sun contributor Jeremy Trucker has this review: Before seeing Wednesday night’s F.A.M.E. tour at 1st Mariner Arena, I wasn’t...
  • 'The X-Factor' recap: Praise a higher power, it's the last night of auditions

    'The X-Factor' recap: Praise a higher power, it's the last night of auditions
    [Ed. note: No running diary this time. I was judging a Battle of the Bands for WPOC in Hanover aka doing my best Simon Cowell impression, so I didn't get home until 8:40 p.m. I watched a DVR-ed version. The obvious good news of the night is the auditiions...
  • Paige Elizabeth: Someone for Baltimore to cheer on 'The X Factor'

    Paige Elizabeth: Someone for Baltimore to cheer on 'The X Factor'
    Paige Elizabeth, an 18-year-old day-care worker from Perry Hall, is getting a crash course in the power of television and instant fame. Two weeks ago, a brief clip of her audition singing Lady Gaga’s “You & I” aired on Simon Cowell&...
  • 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...
  • Two Maryland performers make the final 12 on Fox's 'The X Factor'

    Two Maryland performers make the final 12 on Fox's 'The X Factor'
    Two area Maryland performers made it to theĀ final 12 on Simon Cowell's talent competition "The X Factor." They are 18-year-old Paige Elizabeth, of Perry Hall, and 20-year-old Marcus Canty, of Bowie. Read a Sun interview I did with Elizabeth two weeks...
  • 'American Idol': Top 3 perform

     
    It's top three time on tonight's American Idol. And that means three songs apiece, too, as each contestant will sing a judge's choice, a producers' choice and their own choice song. (Random celeb sighting: It's Lloyd -- aka Rex Lee......
  • American Idol: New judge this season

     
    Move over that 'mysterious' beverage Paula Abdul. You'll have a little less time to say one less 'dog' Randy Jackson. And Simon Cowell, well I doubt he's really going to change much this coming season of American Idol when a......
  • 'American Idol': Lakisha Jones weds

     
    LaKisha Jones, the American Idol alumna who used to live in Maryland, was married in Los Angeles on Sunday, according to the Associated Press. The fourth-placed contestant in Season 6 of Idol married financial adviser Larry Davis at the Beverly Wilshire...