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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' recap: Top 11 perform

     
    Tonight, the Top 11 take on Billboard No. 1 hits. I heard on the radio that it was supposed to be teen idol week (which would explain mentor Miley Cyrus), but then they expanded it. I don't have a source......
  • 'American Idol': Top 10 perform

     
    On tonight's American Idol, the Top 10 are mentored by Usher, and he straight-up tells them that he is going to be honest with them and might hurt their feelings a little to try to push them.Siobhan Magnus says she......
  • 'American Idol' results: Top 9 revealed

     
    OK, y'all, I know American Idol is the king of product placement. But tonight's results show begins with a mashup between recapping last night's show and a giant commercial for the new film Clash of the Titans. It's unreal. But......
  • 'American Idol' recap: Top 9 perform

     
    Tonight, the Top 9 perform on American Idol, taking on the Lennon-McCartney song book. Again, I say: Don't screw this up, kids. Crystal Bowersox gets it right when she says it's a privilege to get to sing these songs. Randy......
  • 'American Idol': Ellen DeGeneres makes her debut

     
    It's Hollywood Week on American Idol, and a few things are happening. First, the 181 finalists will be trimmed down to 12 guys and 12 girls. Second, new judge Ellen DeGeneres is finally making her debut.In the Kodak Theater, the......
  • 'American Idol' recap: Top 7 perform

     
    It's Idol Gives Back night on American Idol. Well, at least it is inspirational songs to get us all in the mood for tomorrow night's Idol Gives Back extravaganza.The week's mentor is Alicia Keys. Her goal is to help the......
  • Simon Cowell confirms he's leaving 'American Idol'

     
    Say it isn't so! I thought that all of the rumors about this season of American Idol being Simon Cowell's last was all posturing, him trying to get more money or something.But it appears not. His show The X-Factor will......
  • 'American Idol': And so it begins ... without Paula

     
    I can't believe it, but I'm really sad about starting this season of American Idol without Paula Abdul. Even sadder given the news that Simon Cowell's out after this year. Are we going to tune in for Randy Jackson? I......
  • 'American Idol' heads to Orlando

     
    Tonight's guest judge for this round of American Idol is Kristin Chenoweth. She is tiny. Sorry, that's not really relevant, but it's true.Theo Glinton is the first contestant of the day, and he's going to be bad. He has pieces......
  • 'American Idol': L.A., baby

     
    The guest judge for the Los Angeles round of American Idol is Avril Lavigne. Really?Neil Goldstein is the first auditioner of the night. He says he's a big geek, he has hair that should be legendary, he keeps making a......
  • 'The Sing Off' capitalizes on 'Glee' popularity

     
    When I saw the commercials for The Sing Off on NBC, I immediately thought that it was the reality TV version of Glee. It might be, but it's still pretty fun. Eight groups from around the country (including one from......
  • In Britain, a 'Killing' for Christmas

     
    Since The X-Factor started in Britain in 2005, it's been a given that the winner's debut single goes to No. 1.This year, some folks decided to subvert the system and mounted a campaign to push Rage Against the Machine's "Killing......