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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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  • '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......
  • '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......
  • American Idol: New judge this season

     
    Move over that 'mysterious' beverage Paula Abdul. You'll have a little less time to say one less 'dog' Randy Jackson. And Simon Cowell, well I doubt he's really going to change much this coming season of American Idol when a......
  • 'American Idol': Lakisha Jones weds

     
    LaKisha Jones, the American Idol alumna who used to live in Maryland, was married in Los Angeles on Sunday, according to the Associated Press. The fourth-placed contestant in Season 6 of Idol married financial adviser Larry Davis at the Beverly Wilshire...
  • 'American Idol' coming back with a couple 'tweaks'

     
    American Idol will be back in just a couple of weeks with a new judge and a couple of tweaks to the formatting. (The new season premieres Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 13 and 14 at 8/7c)As I've already reported, songwriter Kara DioGuardi......
  • 'American Idol' season 8 premieres

     
    Surely by now, you've heard all about all the changes afoot on this season of American Idol, the eighth. Among them, there is a new judge, Kara DioGuardi, there will be fewer audition shows (thank goodness -- my discomfort with......
  • Kansas City, here 'American Idol' comes

     
    Before I get started with the coverage of tonight's American Idol, how about a little Wednesday-evening quarterbacking on last night's show?The big buzz today seemed to be all about Ryan Seacrest trying to high-five blind contestant Scott Macintyre....
  • Zai Bennett to Leave BBC Three to Join BSkyB's Sky Atlantic

    LONDON -- Zai Bennett, controller of the BBC's youth channel, BBC Three, is to leave to become director of BSkyB's Sky Atlantic. BBC Three has won four BAFTAs in two years: best factual for "Our War," seasons one and two, best drama for "The Fades,"...
  • Simon Cowell's 'Britain's Got Talent' Attracts Record Audience

    LONDON -- The opening show of the eighth season of Simon Cowell's "Britain's Got Talent" attracted a record launch audience of more than 11 million viewers on Saturday. The talent show began with 11.1 million viewers, a 47.3% share of the audience,...
  • One Direction's competition: 5 Seconds of Summer and the new 'boy bands'

    One Direction is so five minutes ago. There is a whole new crop of boy bands on the scene, looking to steal hearts and dominate the charts. They have a long way to go before they are in the same league with One Direction, which is still unquestionably on...
  • Amanda Bynes never diagnosed with schizophrenia, her lawyer says

    Amanda Bynes has been popping up recently on social media looking pretty good, and now her lawyer is speaking out to deny a mental-health rumor reported during her struggles last year.  "For the record, Amanda does not have schizophrenia, nor has she...