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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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  • UCF's Alex & Sierra hope to wow Red, Hot & Boom

    UCF's Alex & Sierra hope to wow Red, Hot & Boom
    Central Florida singers Alex & Sierra are home, and the reality-show champs acknowledge they have something to prove. Since winning "The X Factor" and a million-dollar recording contract in December, they have written more than 40 songs, mostly in...
  • Spice Girl Mel B Joins 'X Factor' in U.K. as Judge

    LONDON -- Former Spice Girls band member Melanie B, a.k.a. Scary Spice, has joined the judging panel of "The X Factor" in the U.K., which airs on ITV. Mel B, who appeared as a guest judge on the show in 2012, joins fellow judges music manager Louis...
  • Emmys 2014: In today's TV landscape, it's evolve or die

    Emmys 2014: In today's TV landscape, it's evolve or die
    Word had it that by the time Warren Leight took over as “Law & Order: SVU” showrunner in the series’ 13th season that the job would be a temporary assignment. “There was a sense that it would be 13 and out. Welcome to the Titanic.&...
  • Q&A: Nigel Lythgoe and Tom Bergeron on the State of Reality TV

    Nigel Lythgoe and Tom Bergeron have never worked together before, but they joke they keep bumping into each other in the hallways at work -- both dance shows record at the same studio. We caught up with the British judge of "So You Think You Can Dance"...
  • 'Pudsey the Dog: The Movie' Travels the World

    EDINBURGH, Scotland -- "Pudsey the Dog: The Movie," which stars the canine winner of "Britain's Got Talent," is continuing to sell well internationally, with sales company Content racking up multiple distribution deals. The film is co-produced by Simon...
  • Friday's TV Highlights: 'Ender's Game' on Cinemax

    Friday's TV Highlights: 'Ender's Game' on Cinemax
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of June 1 - 7, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies -------------------- SERIES No Limits In the first of two new episode...
  • Students can sing with "Norway's Got Talent" finalists at workshop

     
    A group of young singers who are finalists in Norway's version of "America's Got Talent" will be visiting the Bethlehem to work with local singers at workshops and perform in a concert. Viva Youth Chorus from Norway, who made it......
  • WATCH: One Direction's Harry Styles, Liam Payne Sing the Alphabet on 'Sesame Street'

    The members of One Direction have been churning out pop hits since they came together after competing on "The X-Factor," but their latest musical endeavor involves a much simpler tune. In advance of the group's upcoming appearance in "Sesame Street's"...
  • Why 'The View' Should Bring Back Rosie O'Donnell

    On Friday, "The View" opened with a conversation about the father of Santa Barbara mass shooter Elliott Rodger. The Hot Topics segment was meant to prompt a debate about whether parents of murderers really know their children, but the conversation went...
  • Melanie Brown and Stephen Belafonte buy in the hills

    Melanie Brown and Stephen Belafonte buy in the hills
    Melanie Brown -- also known as Mel B and Scary Spice from her days with the Spice Girls -- and her husband, producer Stephen Belafonte, have bought a house in Hollywood Hills West for $4.34 million, public records show. Built in 1928, the multi-level...
  • Why 'American Idol' still trumps 'The Voice'

    Why 'American Idol' still trumps 'The Voice'
    In going blond this week, Adam Levine illustrated the central problem with "The Voice." The NBC singing contest is, and has always been, more about the big-name coaches than the unknown singers struggling to win. Levine's new hair shade made more of...
  • 'Dancing With the Stars': Maks wants to judge

    'Dancing With the Stars': Maks wants to judge
    He just won "Dancing With the Stars" for the first time, and now Maksim Chmerkovskiy reveals that he would taking a judging job if it's offered to him. He talks to "The Wendy Williams Show" in an episode that airs at 3 p.m. Thursday (today) on WRBW-...