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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' recap: Music of Shania Twain

     
    On tonight's American Idol, the Top 6 are taking on the songs of Shania Twain. As mentor, she tells the contestants they need to interpret the songs and make them their own. Lee DeWyze is first, and he's singing "You're......
  • 'American Idol' recap: Top 5 perform

     
    Tonight's American Idol starts the usual way, with the dramatic declaration, "This ... is ... American Idol!" Except instead of host Ryan Seacrest making the pronouncement, it's this week's mentor, Harry Connick Jr. Hi, Harry!He'll be helping the kiddos...
  • 'American Idol' recap: Top 4 perform

     
    Tonight's theme for the Top 4 on American Idol is songs from the movies, with an assist from mentor Jamie Foxx.He wants them to prove their worth as artists, rather than contestants.First up is Lee DeWyze with "Kiss From the......
  • Best news in weeks: 'Idol' results shows to be shortened

     
    Fox announced its next season schedule today, and there's some interesting American Idol news there.According to the Associated Press, the Tuesday performance show will be increased to 90 minutes ("in response to viewer requests for more performances")...
  • 'American Idol' recap: Top 3 perform

     
    Tonight, the final three will be performing and visiting home. Well, they already went home earlier this week, but we see the footage of the visits.Casey James performs first, with "OK, It's All Right With Me." This is a great......
  • 'American Idol' recap: The final two face off

     
    In probably the most low-key American Idol finale ever, tonight it's down to Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox. They look a little surprised at how many (7,000) people are in the audience tonight -- though Crystal seems to roll with......
  • 'American Idol' results: A winner is named

     
    What a long, strange season it's been. We lost the quirky entertainment of judge Paula Abdul. We learned it was Simon Cowell's last time behind this particular judges' table. We got to know Ellen DeGeneres in a new context --......
  • Chris Isaak the next 'Idol' judge?

     
    There's some speculation that Chris Isaak might be the next American Idol judge, replacing Simon Cowell. According to Reuters, Hollywood Reporter says Isaak's met with Fox twice, though a few weeks ago the rumor was it was going to be......
  • '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......
  • Computer games lure the fairer sex

    Computer and video game makers have a new customer on their holiday list this year: people like Jennifer Vandersteen. The 29-year-old student at the University of Texas, San Antonio, began playing "Ms. Pac-Man" at age six. Now, she logs as many as 40...
  • Alex & Sierra: Why he's so proud of her

    Alex & Sierra: Why he's so proud of her
    "X Factor" winners Alex & Sierra now have several reminders of their time as students at the University of Central Florida. After the duo played UCF on Aug. 21, they were celebrated at a private ceremony.  Sierra Deaton of Winter Springs missed out on...
  • Pictures: Disney's American Idol Experience has last show

    Pictures:  Disney's American Idol Experience has last show
    Disney's American Idol Experience wrapped up its roughly five-year run on Saturday, Aug. 30, with a heartwarming story straight from the fairytale handbook. A young contestant named Jessica won the evening's competition — after turning old...