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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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  • 'American Idol' visits New York, San Juan

     
    American Idol was searching for talent in San Juan, Puerto Rico and New York City. Surely the judges were going to discover a good amount of gems. The two-city special featured a fare share of duds.Enter Adeola Adegoke, 19, a......
  • 'American Idol': Top 36 revealed

     
    On last night's American Idol, the remaining contestants sang one last time and 54 of them found out they had made the cut. But they only sort of did, as tonight, we'll learn which 36 actually made it through. (The......
  • 'American Idol': First 12 semifinalists perform

     
    Tonight, the first 12 of the 36 semifinalists on American Idol will take to the stage -- live! And sorry, y'all. Jamar Rogers is still not on the list of semifinalists, but he is in the audience. (There was a......
  • 'American Idol': The first semifinal show results

     
    On tonight's American Idol, we'll hear the results from last night's semifinal, in which 12 of the Top 36 took to the stage, though many of them fell apart once there.Host Ryan Seacrest says that 24 million votes were cast......
  • 'American Idol': second set of 12 semifinalists performs

     
    We can only hope that tonight's performers learned something from the disaster that was last week's American Idol and will up their game. (And pick good songs. And sing well. And not lose it on stage.)I wasn't going to recap all......
  • 'American Idol': Last set of semifinalists performs

     
    On tonight's American Idol, the last 12 of the Top 36 semifinalists will try to make it to the finals. (See a photo gallery of this set of semifinalists here.) One more time, I will say: Please pick some good......
  • 'American Idol' results: Top 13 are now Top 11

     
    On tonight's American Idol, it's double-elimination time -- and we'll finally learn about this twist that Simon Cowell alluded to last night.Why does Randy Jackson boo Simon every single episode? No one else is booing during introductions.So what's the...
  • 'Dancing With the Stars': Drama before it even debuts

     
    It's been crazy this season on Dancing With the Stars, and it hasn't even started yet. Well, it's starting now! You probably heard that Nancy O'Dell and Jewel had to drop out due to injury, and there's been all kinds......
  • 'American Idol': Top 13 perform

     
    On tonight's American Idol, we'll finally see how these finalists, who have been chosen over the past several weeks, stack up to one another.The judges get a crazy entry -- since when is there an announcer? Announcer then introduces host......
  • 'Dancing With the Stars': Week 2 results

     
    It's the first results show on this season of Dancing With the Stars -- and the first one with a dance-off!But first, it's Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, along with a swinging performance by some of the pros.Samantha Harris interviews Steve-O......
  • 'American Idol': Top 9 perform

     
    On tonight's American Idol, it's an open kind of theme: The Top 9 can pick any song as long as it's a popular download on iTunes. Hmmm ... interesting. Now we'll see what they're really made of! Or something.Anoop Desai......
  • 'American Idol' results: Top 8 revealed

     
    Tonight's American Idol opens with host Ryan Seacrest telling us that 36 million votes were cast. Craziness. In addition, we learn that Lady GaGa and David Cook will be singing, albeit not together. (But isn't that a disturbing thought?)There's banter.......