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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': Top 8 perform songs from their birth year

     
    Tonight's American Idol will have the Top 8 singing songs from the year they were born. This pretty much makes it '80s night, except for Allison Iraheta, who was born in 1992. Last week's theme was similarly wide open, and......
  • 'American Idol': Top 7 revealed

     
    On tonight's American Idol, we'll learn who the Top 7 are -- and whether the show is going to apologize to Adam Lambert for officially being over before he even got to perform. (I'm playing a little catch-up after celebrating......
  • You have to see this: surprising audition on 'Britain's Got Talent'

     
    I'd seen this posted in a few places, but always when I was without headphones. But just now I finally got a chance to check out this audition video from Britain's Got Talent. You know how it is: Frumpy lady......
  • 'American Idol': Top 7 perform songs from the movies

     
    Tonight's theme on American Idol is songs from the movies, which explains why Quentin Tarantino is there. He's apparently a superfan, and he even gets to join the Top 7 on stage for the uber-dramatic intro today.Before the singing, Simon......
  • 'American Idol': It's disco week

     
    Uh, for some reason WBFF is showing King of Queens instead of American Idol. That's kind of weird, no?Thankfully, I'm in Howard County, so five minutes in, I flip over to the D.C. affiliate just in time to see host......
  • 'American Idol': Top 5 take on the Rat Pack

     
    The surprise mentor for this week's American Idol -- with the Rat Pack theme -- is Jamie Foxx. He talks to the Top 5 about how the singers of that era were communicating a lifestyle, not just a song.Kris Allen......
  • 'American Idol': Top 4 rock

     
    On tonight's American Idol, the four finalists are going to rock. Well, they're going to try, with help from mentor Slash.First off, host Ryan Seacrest says it's been a dramatic day. There was an accident on set (sounds like everyone......
  • 'American Idol': Top 3 perform

     
    On tonight's American Idol, the Top 3 will visit their hometowns and perform a personal selection and a choice from the judges. Also, host Ryan Seacrest points out that tonight is the show's 300th episode. First up is Danny Gokey.......
  • 'American Idol' finale: And the winner is ...

     
    So who's it going to be? Kris Allen? Adam Lambert? One of these two is going to win American Idol tonight. Well, eventually.Host Ryan Seacrest tells us that nearly 100 million votes were cast last night and that for the season,......
  • '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......