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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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  • 'American Idol' recap: Season 13 kicks off with humor and talent

    'American Idol' recap: Season 13 kicks off with humor and talent
    "Life can change … in a heartbeat," "American Idol" reminded us Wednesday night as it kicked off a new season with a fresh batch of hopefuls, a greater focus on the positive (fewer prolonged looks at the cringe-inducingly untalented and delusional)...
  • Taylor Swift's 'Sweeter Than Fiction' shows fairy tales do come true

    Taylor Swift's 'Sweeter Than Fiction' shows fairy tales do come true
    Taylor Swift energetically paced the room of her West Hollywood hotel on a recent visit to Los Angeles. "I'm trying to outrun the jet lag," she said with a smile, looking far from ragged in her matching purple sweater and skirt. Before landing in L.A.,...
  • Simon Cowell says 'X Factor' will be back, but his role may change

    Simon Cowell says 'X Factor' will be back, but his role may change
    "The X Factor" has seen some pretty terrible ratings this season. But Simon Cowell says have no fear, his singing contest will return. "The show will be back next season," Cowell said during a conference call with reporters Monday to promote Wednesday's...
  • 'X Factor' contestants Alex & Sierra rock iTunes ahead of finale

    'X Factor' contestants Alex & Sierra rock iTunes ahead of finale
    It may not be having the best season in the ratings, but Simon Cowell's "X Factor" is definitely a factor in song sales.  The sweetheart duo Alex & Sierra's cover of the Sara Bareilles song "Gravity" has the top spot on iTunes' song chart following...
  • TV ratings: 'X Factor' finale falls 45% from a year ago

    TV ratings: 'X Factor' finale falls 45% from a year ago
    Simon Cowell scored a victory as his lovebird singing duo Alex & Sierra won "The X Factor" Thursday night, but the show hasn't been much of a triumph for Fox in the ratings this year.  The musical contest's third season finale drew 6.2 million viewers...
  • Demi Lovato to step down as judge on 'The X Factor'

    Demi Lovato to step down as judge on 'The X Factor'
    Because too much time has passed since there was a judge shakeup on a singing competition show, it looks like Demi Lovato will be stepping down from her judge's perch on "The X Factor." The 21-year-old singer told reporters after Wednesday's finale show...
  • Hey Simon Cowell: With 'X Factor' ratings sliding, can you save it?

    Hey Simon Cowell: With 'X Factor' ratings sliding, can you save it?
    Attention, Simon Cowell: You need to rethink the ratings factor for "The X Factor." Fox's singing contest reemerged Tuesday night with a serious baseball hangover, drooping to just 4.9 million total viewers with a two-hour special, according to Nielsen....
  • Friday's TV Highlights: 'Great Performances' on PBS

    Friday's TV Highlights: 'Great Performances' on PBS
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Oct. 27 - Nov. 2, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     --------------------   SERIES The Carrie Diaries Carrie and Walt...
  • 'X Factor' to air do-over after 'graphics error' for phone voting

    'X Factor' to air do-over after 'graphics error' for phone voting
    Simon Cowell made a boo-boo. Cowell's singing contest, "The X Factor," messed up its voting process during Wednesday's show, showing viewers the wrong onscreen phone numbers for dial-in votes. As a result, the producers of the Fox show are tossing out...
  • Tuesday's TV Highlights: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' on Fox

    Tuesday's TV Highlights: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' on Fox
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Nov. 17 - 23, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     -------------------- SERIES The African Americans: Many Rivers...
  • Israel's hit singing reality series 'Rising Star' to come to ABC

    Israel's hit singing reality series 'Rising Star' to come to ABC
    ABC announced on Monday that it has ordered 10 episodes of Israel's hit reality series "Rising Star." The show -- a singing competition -- has been a phenomenon in Israel, pulling in almost half of all TV audiences in the country when it airs, according...