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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': The Top 2 lay it on the line

     
    At the top of American Idol tonight, host Ryan Seacrest lays it out for us: It's the acoustic rocker vs. the glam-rocker, Conway vs. California, the guy next door vs. the guyliner.So it's either Kris Allen or Adam Lambert winning......
  • In defense of Paula

     
    Last night, American Idol judge Paula Abdul said on Twitter that she would not be returning to the show: 'With sadness in my heart, I’ve decided not to return to #IDOL. I’ll miss nurturing all the new talent, but most......
  • Danyl Johnson wows Simon Cowell on 'The X Factor'

     
    Is 'X Factor' hopeful Danyl Johnson the next Susan Boyle? The 27-year-old schoolteacher from Reading, England, recently wowed judges on the British version of 'American Idol' with his rendition of 'A Little Help From My Friends' (it was more in......
  • 'Top Chef: Las Vegas': Deconstruct this!

     
    Liz and Justine here, still trying to get over the elimination of our favorite (OK, maybe not favorite. But he was at least the most fashion forward) cheftestant Mattin. The jaunty scarf made a brief appearance in mourning at Liz’s......
  • '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......
  • 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......
  • 'American Idol' recap: Last auditions before Hollywood week

     
    Tonight is the last set of auditions before Hollywood Week on American Idol. Whew! I'm ready for that, aren't you? This hasn't been the most interesting set of auditions I've ever seen. That might be because they've "saved the best......
  • '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......