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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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  • Randy Jackson out at 'American Idol'

    Randy Jackson out at 'American Idol'
    Randy Jackson, the only judge who has been on "American Idol" since the beginning, is leaving the show. In a statement to the press, Jackson confirmed that, "After 12 years of judging on 'American Idol' I have decided it is time to leave after this...
  • Simon Cowell floats Beverly Hills home as $20-million pocket listing

    Simon Cowell floats Beverly Hills home as $20-million pocket listing
    Simon Cowell is quietly looking for a buyer for his Beverly Hills house. Cowell, who paid $15.5 million for the gated home, is asking $20 million, local real estate agents confirm. He bought the Trousdale Estates area house two years ago from Randy...
  • Michelle Williams to make Broadway debut in 'Cabaret' revival?

    Michelle Williams to make Broadway debut in 'Cabaret' revival?
    Michelle Williams will make her Broadway debut as sultry nightclub singer Sally Bowles in a planned revival of "Cabaret," according to reports. The three-time Oscar nominee will star in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production opposite Alan...
  • Emmys 2013: NBC's 'The Voice' marks a reality triumph over 'Idol'

     Emmys 2013: NBC's 'The Voice' marks a reality triumph over 'Idol'
    NBC's "The Voice" managed to do something that "American Idol" has never accomplished, winning the Emmy for reality competition program. For producer Mark Burnett, the honor — and the separation from its reality singing contest competitor "Idol"...
  • Mayo: Singing twins get push from 'angel' teacher

    For those Broward readers who might have missed it in their newspapers, check out this column I wrote for the Thursday Palm Beach County edition about singing twins Rashad and Tashad Gardenhire, and Judy McMahon, a music teacher at Banyan Creek Elementary...
  • 'X Factor' Ad Switcheroo As Honda, Procter Replace Pepsi, Chevrolet

    When Pepsi signed on to host the first season of Fox's "The X-Factor" in 2011, the deal was heralded as landmark: Where network sister "American Idol" had three main sponsors, "X Factor" would have just one flagship season-long backer that would have...
  • Emmys 2013 tops Twitter rankings, followed by 'Breaking Bad'

    Emmys 2013 tops Twitter rankings, followed by 'Breaking Bad'
    If there's one thing you can count on from awards shows, it's that they will be heavily tweeted about, and Sunday night's Emmys telecast was no exception.  The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, in which "Breaking Bad," "Modern Family" and "Behind the...
  • Tuesday's TV Highlights: 'Sons of Anarchy' on FX

    Tuesday's TV Highlights: 'Sons of Anarchy' on FX
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 8 - 14, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     -------------------- SERIES Earthflight, A Nature Special...
  • Wednesday's TV Highlights: 'The X-Factor' on Fox

    Wednesday's TV Highlights: 'The X-Factor' on Fox
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 8 - 14, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     -------------------- SERIES The X Factor Simon Cowell's talent...
  • 'The X Factor' Season 3: Demi Lovato and Simon Cowell scoot over for Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio

     
    "For viewers, it must get boring," says "X Factor" judge Simon Cowell. "And 'X Factor' is now 10 years old, and it has to be more fun for us as a judge and then hopefully more fun as a viewer. You have to find stars."...
  • '50 Shades' of what we've seen before?

    "Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life," wrote English poet William Congreve. ALTHOUGH, the outcry is not nearly as obstreperous as it has been in the matter of Ben Affleck as Batman, fans of the novel "50 Shades of Grey" aren't jumping with...
  • Rosamund Pike Set to Voice 'Thunderbirds Are Go!'

    Rosamund Pike is set to voice Lady Penelope in the re-invention of the popular kids TV series "Thunderbirds Are Go!" Pike, who will also star in David Fincher's adaptation of bestselling tome "Gone Girl," will join a slew of thesps cast in the iconic...