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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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  • Friday TV Highlights: 'The Watsons Go to Birmingham' on Hallmark

    Friday TV Highlights: 'The Watsons Go to Birmingham' on Hallmark
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 15 - 21, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     -------------------- SERIES Last Man Standing Tim Allen's family...
  • CBS inks deal with Verizon; Disney/ABC TV unit lays off workers

    CBS inks deal with Verizon; Disney/ABC TV unit lays off workers
    After the coffee. Before Joe rethinks his vacation plans. The Skinny: The boss is going on vacation next week and wisely giving me reign over the Fix. Or maybe not so wisely, given I stayed up too late watching "The Thick of It" on Hulu. Today's...
  • Simon Cowell, Howard Stern tied atop Forbes 'highest paid' list

    Simon Cowell, Howard Stern tied atop Forbes 'highest paid' list
    Simon Cowell and Howard Stern may have radically different backgrounds, but both sit at judges' tables on reality competition shows, and they are tied atop Forbes magazine's list of the highest-paid TV personalities. According to Forbes, Cowell and...
  • Madonna is Forbes' top-earning celebrity thanks to MDNA tour

    Madonna is Forbes' top-earning celebrity thanks to MDNA tour
    Madonna is 2013's top-earning celebrity, according to Forbes. The "MDNA" rock star is said to have earned an estimated $125 million between June 2012 and June 2013, the mag said. Sales for her last album, "MDNA," were poor, but "MDNA's" corresponding...
  • Review: 'One Direction: This Is Us' feels anonymous

    Review: 'One Direction: This Is Us' feels anonymous
    The musical group known as One Direction inspires feelings, intense feelings. Just in the last week alone, the band has been applauded and booed, honored, put down and defended. All of which seems about right for a group that has ridden to fame as a...
  • 'One Direction: This Is Us' premieres and the guys look like stars

    'One Direction: This Is Us' premieres and the guys look like stars
    I am way beyond the point where I should swoon over a boy band. But looking at pictures of the five guys who make up the phenomenally popular One Direction at the world premiere of their new documentary film in London on Tuesday, it was hard not to. It'...
  • 'This Is Us' keeps it light and fun for One Direction's young fans

     'This Is Us' keeps it light and fun for One Direction's young fans
    Louis Tomlinson peered out from behind the door of a hotel suite and aimed a toy Nerf gun down a hallway full of hulking bodyguards. The 21-year-old and his four One Direction bandmates had been cooped up on the second floor of the W Los Angeles all day,...
  • Simon Cowell ready to be judged in 'X Factor' musical

    Simon Cowell ready to be judged in 'X Factor' musical
    Simon Cowell said he's ready to become the butt of many jokes -- from his fashion choices to his private life -- in a forthcoming musical based on his TV show "The X Factor." "I get it in the neck throughout," Cowell told the BBC during the London launch...
  • Friday's TV Highlights: 'Zero Dark Thirty'

    Friday's TV Highlights: 'Zero Dark Thirty'
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 1 - 7, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     -------------------- SERIES America's Next Top Model One of the...
  • Paula Abdul to guest judge on 'So You Think You Can Dance'

    Paula Abdul to guest judge on 'So You Think You Can Dance'
    Paula Abdul has been out of the reality TV competition-judging game for a couple of years, but she's sitting back down behind the table Tuesday night for a guest spot on Fox's other long-running competition show, "So You Think You Can Dance." Of course,...
  • Fox announces premiere dates for its fall schedule

    Fox announces premiere dates for its fall schedule
    Fox has announced the fall premiere dates for its new and returning series. "The X Factor" will kick off the season Sept. 11 and Sept. 12 with a two-night premiere event. Judges for the talent competition show this season will be Simon Cowell, Kelly...