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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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  • 'American Idol' results: A winner is named

     
    What a long, strange season it's been. We lost the quirky entertainment of judge Paula Abdul. We learned it was Simon Cowell's last time behind this particular judges' table. We got to know Ellen DeGeneres in a new context --......
  • Chris Isaak the next 'Idol' judge?

     
    There's some speculation that Chris Isaak might be the next American Idol judge, replacing Simon Cowell. According to Reuters, Hollywood Reporter says Isaak's met with Fox twice, though a few weeks ago the rumor was it was going to be......
  • 'American Idol' recap: Top 5 perform

     
    Tonight's American Idol starts the usual way, with the dramatic declaration, "This ... is ... American Idol!" Except instead of host Ryan Seacrest making the pronouncement, it's this week's mentor, Harry Connick Jr. Hi, Harry!He'll be helping the kiddos...
  • 'American Idol' recap: Top 4 perform

     
    Tonight's theme for the Top 4 on American Idol is songs from the movies, with an assist from mentor Jamie Foxx.He wants them to prove their worth as artists, rather than contestants.First up is Lee DeWyze with "Kiss From the......
  • Why we're still intrigued by the duchess from Baltimore

    Why we're still intrigued by the duchess from Baltimore
    At a time when much of the English-speaking world is fixated on the royal wedding, it's worth pointing out that if it weren't for the original Baltimore bad girl, Wallis Warfield Simpson, Friday's nuptials might not be taking place. Without her, there...
  • Jackson Blue's Z104.3 Heat Meter

    Jackson Blue's Z104.3 Heat Meter
    Which songs are you dying to hear — and which are played out?¬† Z104.3’s Jackson Blue weighs in with his handy Heat Meter. Gettin’ hot: “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” Katy Perry This week it became Katy’s fifth No. 1...
  • 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 the 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...
  • '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...
  • '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...
  • 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...
  • 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...