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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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  • Fox reality TV exec Mike Darnell leaves a legacy

    The man considered to be the godfather of reality television is stepping down. Mike Darnell, head of alternative entertainment for Fox Broadcasting, is leaving the network after almost two decades overseeing both the good — "American Idol" —...
  • Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio Named 'X Factor' Judges

    After Britney Spears and L.A. Reid ankled the series, Fox's "The X Factor" has added Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio as judges for the upcoming fall season. Rubio and Rowland will join Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato at the judges' table. "It's taken...
  • NBC News gets new president. Oscars still searching for host.

    NBC News gets new president. Oscars still searching for host.
    After the coffee. Before going out to vote for next mayor of Los Angeles. The Skinny: It's election day here so do your civic duty and remember to take nothing for granted. Tuesday's stories include a new president at NBC News, Seth MacFarlane says no...
  • What Kelly Rowland, Paulina Rubio bring to 'X Factor'

    News that Simon Cowell has tapped R&B singer Kelly Rowland and Latin superstar Paulina Rubio to join him as judges on Season 3 of “The X Factor” doesn't come as a surprise. Along with dozens of others, their names had been floated around for...
  • 'Arrested Development's' David Cross creates viral videos

    'Arrested Development's' David Cross creates viral videos
    As Tobias Funke, "Arrested Development's" doctor-turned-actor, David Cross has suffered many indignities, from wearing a ridiculous mustache in every episode to being turned completely blue. But to promote the imminent release of new "AD" episodes on...
  • 2013 TV upfronts: Fox overhauls schedule

    2013 TV upfronts: Fox overhauls schedule
    NEW YORK -- Coming off a television season that saw its ratings fall by 20%, Fox unveiled a new schedule heavy on big names both in front of and behind the camera in hopes of rejuvenating its prime-time lineup. “We’re making the biggest...
  • Fox to bring back '24,' add 'Sleepy Hollow'

    Fox to bring back '24,' add 'Sleepy Hollow'
    Fox will look to Jack Bauer, Seth MacFarlane and even Washington Irving for ratings help next season. Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) will headline a 12-hour, "24" event series next May, the network announced Monday. The series "24" ran from 2001 to 2010 on...
  • Live From the Fox Upfront

    [REFRESH FOR LATEST] 4:55pm: As the unscripted talent walks on stage, Simon Cowell quips into the mic: "Where's Randy?" Ryan Seacrest responds, "Ask Kevin." Uneasy laughter fills the Beacon Theater. 4:54pm: Fox offering clips and info on its digital...
  • Upfront Scorecard: Fox Pushes Back Against Cable Challenge

    Fox talked a pretty good strategic game during its upfront presentation. If only more of its shows -- based, admittedly, on the limited view from the cut-down clips shown -- had been equal to the task. Adopting a broader focus than NBC, Fox Entertainment...
  • 2013 TV Upfronts: With fall comedies, Fox aims broad

    NEW YORK -- At its upfront presentations over the last few years, Fox has unveiled some single-camera comedies with character-driven humor, such as “New Girl” and “The Mindy Project," that went on to be critical darlings. At this year&...
  • Nicki Minaj reportedly the next to leave 'American Idol'

    Nicki Minaj reportedly the next to leave 'American Idol'
    Could Nicki Minaj be the next to leave the struggling "American Idol?" It appears so according to a report in Us Weekly. Citing unnamed sources, the magazine says Minaj won't be back on "Idol" when it returns for its 13th season. Instead, the singer...
  • 'American Idol': Randy Jackson says he's leaving

    'American Idol': Randy Jackson says he's leaving
    Thursday's edition of "American Idol" should be fascinating. Randy Jackson has announced that he is leaving the Fox singing contest. Jackson tells Ryan Seacrest's E! News exclusively: "Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to rest, after 12...