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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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  • Best news in weeks: 'Idol' results shows to be shortened

     
    Fox announced its next season schedule today, and there's some interesting American Idol news there.According to the Associated Press, the Tuesday performance show will be increased to 90 minutes ("in response to viewer requests for more performances")...
  • 'American Idol' recap: Top 3 perform

     
    Tonight, the final three will be performing and visiting home. Well, they already went home earlier this week, but we see the footage of the visits.Casey James performs first, with "OK, It's All Right With Me." This is a great......
  • 'American Idol' recap: The final two face off

     
    In probably the most low-key American Idol finale ever, tonight it's down to Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox. They look a little surprised at how many (7,000) people are in the audience tonight -- though Crystal seems to roll with......
  • '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 --......
  • 'American Idol' recap: Music of Shania Twain

     
    On tonight's American Idol, the Top 6 are taking on the songs of Shania Twain. As mentor, she tells the contestants they need to interpret the songs and make them their own. Lee DeWyze is first, and he's singing "You're......
  • 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...
  • 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&...
  • '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...
  • 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': 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...