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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: 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': David vs. David face off in the finals

     
    Tonight's American Idol kicks off with the 'Let's Get Ready to Rumble' guy introducing David Cook and David Archuleta like they are boxers, complete with silk robes. So which one of these Davids will take the Idol title?Depends on how......
  • The reality of 'High School Musical: Get in the Picture'

     
    Guest blogger Lindsay Diokno's thoughts on the new High School Musical: Get in the Picture:Having never watched anything remotely related to High School Musical before last night, I'm not sure what I should have expected, but what I saw wasn't......
  • Simon Cowell to Be Feted at Cannes TV Market Mipcom

    LONDON -- Simon Cowell is to be feted as Personality of the Year at the 30th anniversary edition of TV program market Mipcom in Cannes, France. Cowell will receive his award at a gala dinner for industry executives at the Carlton Hotel in Cannes on Oct....
  • NBC Googles Up 'America's Got Talent' Voting

    Google searches for "America's Got Talent," starting tonight, will return results pages with ballots to vote for the show's contestants -- the latest effort to drive live TV viewership on the backs of Internet-connected devices. NBC has enjoyed strong...
  • One Direction Concert Movie to Be Released on 3,000 Screens Worldwide

    Event cinema distributor Arts Alliance has inked a pact with Simon Cowell's Syco, Modest! and Sony Music Entertainment to release pop band One Direction's latest concert movie in theaters worldwide. Arts Alliance plans a release of more than 10,000...