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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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  • Cee Lo Green is leaving 'The Voice'

    Cee Lo Green is leaving 'The Voice'
    Cee Lo Green won't be on "The Voice" when it returns for its sixth season next week. In a last-minute announcement, the singer revealed on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Wednesday that he was moving on from the hit singing competition show. "I'm going to...
  • Bradley Cooper on going commando to White House: 'a nightmare'

    Bradley Cooper on going commando to White House: 'a nightmare'
    Security wasn't the only thing that was tight at the White House State Dinner last week. Just ask Bradley Cooper, who found himself going commando for what could be described as a work-related reason. He explained it all to Ellen DeGeneres in an...
  • Simon Cowell is now an ex-factor

    Simon Cowell is now an ex-factor
    This post has been updated. See below for details. Not so long ago, Simon Cowell was probably the most powerful man on American TV. His cranky, caustic judging had helped make "American Idol" an invincible No. 1 hit. As a producer, he makes "America's...
  • Ellen Page targets Hollywood imagery in coming out as gay

    Ellen Page targets Hollywood imagery in coming out as gay
    Ellen Page has been met with an outpouring of celebrity support after she fought back tears during an emotional speech Friday in Las Vegas in which she came out as gay. Utilizing her totem as an actress, Page early in her address singled out the...
  • Charter plots next move. Gerwig lands plum role. Costas on DL.

    Charter plots next move. Gerwig lands plum role. Costas on DL.
    After the coffee. Before getting one of those Shia LaBeouf bags. The Skinny: I feel bad that I haven't been watching any of the Winter Olympics. Of course, I don't feel so bad that I'll tune in Wednesday night. Wednesday's headlines include Charter's...
  • 'The X Factor' canceled: Demi Lovato fans dance on its grave

    'The X Factor' canceled: Demi Lovato fans dance on its grave
    After three seasons on Fox, the American version of "The X Factor" has been canceled, the network announced Friday. And with that cancellation, "X Factor" creator Simon Cowell is headed back to his native England to be a judge on "The X Factor UK."...
  • Cowell's 'X Factor' never could hit right note

    Cowell's 'X Factor' never could hit right note
    Sharp-tongued Simon Cowell arrived in the U.S. from Britain 12 years ago as the face of a show so powerful that competitors coined it the "Death Star" because it destroyed everything around it.   But Cowell's effort to follow "American Idol" with his...
  • Fox cancels 'The X Factor' after three seasons

    Fox cancels 'The X Factor' after three seasons
    Fox has X'd out "The X Factor." Once hyped as the next "American Idol," Fox has canceled the "The X Factor" after three seasons of shuffling judges and low ratings for the musical talent show. Simon Cowell, who left "American Idol" for "The X Factor,"...
  • 'X Factor' canceled in U.S., Simon Cowell returning to U.K. edition

    'X Factor' canceled in U.S., Simon Cowell returning to U.K. edition
    Simon Cowell is closing up shop on the U.S. version of "The X Factor." Fox, along with Syco and FremantleMedia, announced the show has concluded its stateside run after three seasons. “I’ve had a fantastic time over the last 12 years, both...
  • Sputtering 'X-Factor' and weak films crimp Fox's profit

    Sputtering 'X-Factor' and weak films crimp Fox's profit
    Media company 21st Century Fox's fiscal second-quarter profit was sliced in half, largely because big-ticket feature films landed with a thud at the box office and the broadcast network continues its uphill slog. Fox's television show "X-Factor" with...
  • TV ratings: 'American Idol' 13th season premiere slides

    TV ratings: 'American Idol' 13th season premiere slides
    Fox's long-running "American Idol" continued to show its age with the ratings from its season premiere Wednesday night. The 13th season opener of "American Idol" drew an average 15.2 million viewers overall and earned a rating of 4.7 among key 18- to...