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  1. 'X Factor' U.K. Finale: Lowest Ratings in a Decade

    December 15, 2014 9:40 AM EST The U.K. season finale of The X Factor on ITV on Sunday night drew an average audience of 9.4 million, becoming the second-lowest-rated season-ending episode of the show ever in the overnight ratings, according to ratings consultancy Attentional ...

  2. 'Britain's Got Talent' Live Semi Pulls Low Ratings

    June 02, 2014 5:44 AM EDT The final live semifinal episode of the eighth season of Simon Cowell talent show Britain's Got Talent on ITV this weekend drew the lowest ratings for the competition this season. According to one observer, the performance also marked the low ...

  3. Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment and Univision Team Up to Find Ultimate Latino Boy Band

    May 13, 2014 10:07 PM EDT Univision and Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment have announced the creation of a new TV show called “La Banda” (The Band), in which contestants across North and South America compete to join the ultimate Latino boy band.  Related Articles SFX ...

  4. Fox Cancels 'The X Factor'

    February 07, 2014 7:24 PM EST Fox has pulled the plug on "The X Factor." The Hollywood Reporter has learned that there will be no fourth season of the singing competition. The writing has been on the wall, given the expensive series' significant ratings declin ...

  5. 'The Voice U.K.' Audience Dips For Episode Two, Remains Ahead of Last Year's Ratings

    January 21, 2014 1:35 AM EST The ratings for the third season of 'The Voice U.K.' on the BBC continue to trend ahead of last year, even though the second episode Saturday night drew a smaller audience than the season opener.  The BBC, which has been looking to bolst ...

  6. 'The Voice U.K.' Third Season Opener Pulls Strong Ratings

    January 14, 2014 5:27 AM EST The third season opener of "The Voice U.K." on Saturday night drew much stronger ratings than the second season debut in some good news for the BBC, which has been looking to bolster the show's performance. The singing competition&# ...

  7. Simon Cowell Talks 'X Factor' Future, Format Shake-Ups

    December 17, 2013 3:25 AM EST The "X Factor" U.S. wraps its third season this week. The final three standing: duo Alex & Sierra, mentored by show creator and head judge Simon Cowell, Jeff Gutt, the last member of Kelly Rowland's team, and Carlito Olivero, co ...

  8. 'X Factor' U.S. Boosts Results at TV Unit of Simon Cowell, Sony Venture

    December 05, 2013 5:49 AM EST Fox may have seen weaker ratings at "The X Factor" this season, but the show last year boosted the financials of the TV production business of Syco Entertainment, the joint venture of Simon Cowell and Sony that produces "The X Facto ...

  9. One Direction, Katy Perry, Elton John to Perform on 'X Factor' U.K. Finale at Wembley

    December 02, 2013 6:00 AM EST ITV has announced a star-studded lineup of guest performers for the season finale of "The X Factor," led by Elton John. Also set to appear on the season-ending episode of the Simon Cowell-created show at London's Wembley Arena are b ...

  10. U.K.'s ITV Pushing for Simon Cowell Return As Judge on 'X Factor'

    August 15, 2013 2:30 AM EDT U.K. broadcaster ITV is making another push to get Simon Cowell to return as a judge on the U.K. edition of "X Factor" as part of negotiations to extend the talent show's run here beyond its upcoming 10th season. A current three-y ...

  11. 'X Factor' U.K. Judge Louis Walsh to Quit After Upcoming Season

    August 07, 2013 4:28 AM EDT Louis Walsh, a veteran judge on "The X Factor" in the U.K., says he will leave the music talent show after the upcoming season. The Irish music manager has been on the Simon Cowell developed show on ITV since its launch. "I'v ...

  12. Kelly Rowland, Paulina Rubio Joining 'X Factor'

    May 20, 2013 9:21 PM EDT It's official. Joining Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato as judges on season three of The X Factor U.S. will be singers Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio, Fox has announced. Said Cowell in a statement: “It’s taken more than a decade but I’m delig ...

  13. What's Next for Randy Jackson After 'American Idol'? (Analysis)

    May 09, 2013 9:19 PM EDT The goal of “American Idol,” a dozen seasons ago when it started, was to create stars out of unknowns. It did so for Simon Cowell, perhaps the most famous A&R man on the planet, who has surrounded himself with television and music projects ...

  14. Randy Jackson Exits 'American Idol'

    May 09, 2013 6:20 PM EDT It’s official: Randy Jackson is leaving American Idol. The longtime judge and last remaining member of the original panel, which featured Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul, exits the program after 12 seasons. "Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the specu ...

  15. Warner Music Owner Len Blavatnik, Adele, Simon Cowell Rise on U.K. 'Rich List'

    April 22, 2013 6:14 AM EDT Adele, Simon Cowell, Paul McCartney and Daniel Radcliffe are among the British entertainment industry figures who saw their fortunes rise last year, according to the annual Sunday Times Rich List. Published on Sunday by the newspaper owned by R ...

  16. 'American Idol' Creator Settles with Fox Over 'X Factor' Money

    March 29, 2013 8:40 PM EDT There's a new détente that's been declared in the War of the Simons. In July 2011, "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller sued Fox Broadcasting over the Simon Cowell singing competition show "The X Factor." Fuller all ...

  17. 'X Factor' Update: Britney Spears' Possible Exit Isn't the Only Big Change Coming

    December 28, 2012 6:09 PM EST Days before country singer Tate Stevens was declared the winner of "X Factor's second season in the U.S., show creator and judge Simon Cowell said the show's success was owed to the younger audience it brought to Fox. In the week of ...

  18. A Britney Spears Exit From 'X Factor': How Much Would It Hurt?

    December 27, 2012 11:09 PM EST Two weeks after Antonio "L.A." Reid confirmed that the second season of the U.S. version of "The X Factor" would be his last on the judges panel, rumors of Britney Spears' exit from the show spread on Thursday (Dec. 27), f ...

  19. Report: Simon Cowell Wants Britney Spears Out of 'X Factor'

    December 27, 2012 1:30 PM EST The departures may be continuing for Simon Cowell's reality singing show "The X Factor," with Us Weekly reporting that Britney Spears and her $15 million contract will be following now-ex judge L.A. Reid out the door. "It isn&# ...

  20. What's L.A. Reid's Track Record at 'X Factor'?

    December 13, 2012 9:25 PM EST With just a week left until the second season of "X Factor" wraps, Epic Records chairman/CEO Antonio "L.A." Reid has chosen to focus on his day job rather than do A&R from a seat on a television show. It's not an impru ...

  21. L.A. Reid Will Not Return for 'X Factor' Season 3

    December 13, 2012 7:20 PM EST L.A. Reid is leaving "The X Factor." The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the reality TV judge will not be returning to the Fox series for season three. The Epic Records chairman will return to his full-time gig of running the Sony mu ...

  22. Exclusive: Pepsi Offering New 'X Factor' Winner Grammy Commercial, $5 Million Contract With Sony's Syco

    October 31, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Pepsi is upping the stakes of its historic prize package for "The X Factor" by offering the Season 2 winner another $5 million record deal (this time with Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment on Sony) as well as the chance to develop, ...

  23. 'X Factor' Names Khloe Kardashian, Mario Lopez Co-Hosts

    October 16, 2012 6:30 PM EDT "X Factor" fans can finally breathe a sigh of relief. Only two weeks before season two enters live shows, it has been announced that the series' co-hosts will be Khloe Kardashian Odom and Mario Lopez. Both TV personalities tweeted t ...

  24. From This Week's Billboard: Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid Get Deep About the New 'X Factor'

    September 10, 2012 7:12 AM EDT Below is an excerpt from the cover story "The X Men" -- an in-depth interview with X Factor judges Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid about the second season of the show -- from this week's edition of Billboard Magazine, which also features ...

  25. 'X Factor': The Billboard Cover Story

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT The U.K. version of 'The X Factor' launched global stars like One Direction and Leona Lewis. Can Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid do the same thing in the U.S.? The singing competition field is crowded, to say the least. It's been 11 year ...

  26. Elton John, Pete Townshend, Simon Cowell, Others Call on British Prime Minister, Google to Act Against Music Piracy

    July 25, 2012 7:40 AM EDT Elton John, Robert Plant, Pete Townshend and Simon Cowell were among 11 prominent music figures who signed a letter addressed to British Prime Minister David Cameron asking Google and other search engines, Internet service providers, and online ad ...

  27. Post 'American Idol' -- What Lies Ahead For Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez?

    July 13, 2012 3:42 PM EDT An old saying contends houseguests and fish last about three days. Swap out days for TV seasons and it appears destined to apply to singing competition judges as well. Steven Tyler announced Thursday (July 12) he would not return to "American ...

  28. 'American Idol' at Crossroads Following Steven Tyler's Exit

    July 13, 2012 8:36 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "American Idol" is on the brink of an adolescent identity crisis. Judge Steven Tyler is leaving and taking his naughty rock star vibe with him, fellow judge Jennifer Lopez is dithering about staying put, and ratings f ...

  29. Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concerts Draws UK's Largest TV Audience Year To Date, Beats Simon Cowell's 'Britain's Got Talent''

    June 05, 2012 11:51 AM EDT Sir Paul McCartney performing at the Diamond Jubilee celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's sixty-year reign was the UK's highest rated TV program this year. (Getty) The BBC said Tuesday that it drew the biggest British TV audience of the year ...

  30. 'X Factor': Can Britney Spears and Demi Lovato Make a Hot Show Even Hotter?

    May 14, 2012 6:25 PM EDT Before introducing Britney Spears and Demi Lovato as the new judges on "The X Factor" at the Beacon Theater in New York, Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly took a shot at the competition, NBC's "The Voice." After hav ...

  31. It's Official: Britney Spears, Demi Lovato Confirmed As 'X Factor' Judges

    May 14, 2012 4:57 PM EDT Here Come the Judges (from left): Antonio "LA" Reid, Chairman & CEO of Epic Records; Britney Spears; Demi Lovato; and Simon Cowell, whose Syco company produces "X Factor" Following months of speculation, Fox has finally ann ...

  32. 'Glee' Moves to Thursday; Britney Spears, Demi Lovato 'X Factor' Announcement Expected

    May 14, 2012 10:30 AM EDT "Glee" is being moved to Thursday from Tuesdays where it will follow "The X Factor" in the fall and "American Idol" in the spring. 'Glee' Music Honcho Adam Anders Responds to Gotye's Cover Criticism Fox ...

  33. Britney Spears Locked In For 'X Factor'? Fox Offers 'No Comment'

    May 09, 2012 7:24 PM EDT Following months of speculation, E! says it has confirmed that Britney Spears has finally signed her contract to be a judge on the sophomore season of Fox's "X Factor." When contacted by Billboard.biz, a spokesperson for the show re ...

  34. 'American Idol's' Taylor Hicks Announces Las Vegas Residency

    April 19, 2012 9:13 PM EDT "American Idol" season 5 winner Taylor Hicks will return to the city where he first auditioned for the show that made him famous: Las Vegas. The Birmingham, Alabama native has signed on with Caesars Entertainment-owned Bally's Hotel ...

  35. Britney Spears Closing In On $15 Million 'X Factor' Deal

    April 18, 2012 10:31 AM EDT Lately there's been speculation that Britney Spears is in talks to judge the sophomore season of Fox's "X Factor," but the singer is finally close to closing a $15 million deal with the network, TMZ reports . The debut season o ...

  36. Simon Cowell's Record Label Sued Over Hot Boy Band One Direction

    April 10, 2012 7:04 PM EDT One Direction is one of the hottest boy bands in years, formed by Simon Cowell after the bands' members finished strongly on the seventh season of UK's "X-Factor." On Saturday, the group had a successful performance on "Sa ...

  37. 'American Idol' and 'X Factor' Nab Highest Ad Revenue Per Half Hour, According To Forbes

    April 10, 2012 6:27 PM EDT Glitzy productions, highly paid judges and lots of public jabs at the competition has paid off for reality shows when it comes to making the all-important ad revenue. Fox's "American Idol" topped Forbes list of TV's Biggest Mon ...

  38. Britney Spears Nearing Deal to Judge 'X Factor'

    March 09, 2012 6:24 AM EST Britney Spears is nearing a deal to serve as judge on next season's The X Factor, a well-placed source tells The Hollywood Reporter. Spears' fiance, agent Jason Trawick, is negotiating the contract which could be signed as soon as next w ...

  39. 'X Factor' Judge Announcements Not Expected For Weeks, Says Simon Cowell

    February 22, 2012 5:36 PM EST Don't expect the "X Factors" two new judges to be in place by the time open auditions begin March 14 in Kansas City, Mo. Meetings will be taking pace over the next several weeks with potential judges at which time executive producer ...

  40. Janet Jackson in Preliminary Talks to Join 'The X Factor'

    February 17, 2012 8:30 AM EST Could Janet Jackson be joining The X Factor? Just one week after The Hollywood Reporter broke news that Whitney Houston was under consideration for a judge's seat on the show, reports have surfaced that another pop icon is throwing her hat in ...

  41. Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul Break Silence On X Factor Shakeups

    January 31, 2012 6:30 PM EST It was a bloodbath Monday as news broke that Fox's X Factor had let go of not only host Steve Jones, but both female judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger. Abdul and show creator and judge, Simon Cowell both released back-to-back statemen ...

  42. X Factor Shake-Up: How Simon Cowell Fired Paula Abdul, Steve Jones, Nicole Scherzinger

    January 31, 2012 7:52 AM EST The X Factor news came fast and furious on Monday night -- first, that host Steve Jones would not be returning, then that judge Nicole Scherzinger was exiting (both confirmed by Fox) and finally, according to sources, that Paula Abdul also would b ...

  43. Billboard Power 100: Simon Cowell

    January 26, 2012 11:41 PM EST No. 100 Simon Cowell Co-Owner Syco Twitter: @SimonCowell "X" Marks the Spot With "American Idol" behind him, Simon Cowell's "X Factor" flexed its muscles in 2011, launching five finalists from the British show� ...

  44. Simon Cowell To Launch DJ Competition Show

    January 25, 2012 2:28 PM EST Between his work on "American Idol," "Britain's Got Talent" and "The X Factor," Simon Cowell has been harvesting pop stars and helping to hone their natural talents for over a decade. He has made Kelly Clarkson, ...

  45. Morning Heds: Facebook Wants Vevo, Wikipedia's SOPA Traffic Surge, Simon Cowell Calls Self 'Too Cocky'

    January 20, 2012 7:10 AM EST Facebook in talks to replace YouTube as Vevo's host CNET Facebook has held talks with Vevo about moving the music-video service away from YouTube and over to the social network's platform, sources with knowledge of the talks told CNET. D ...

  46. Military Wives Choir: The Improbable Story Behind The U.K.'s Top-Selling Christmas Single

    December 27, 2011 7:30 AM EST It's been a while since there was any sense of anticipation surrounding the U.K. Christmas number one, nabbed, as it has been by Simon Cowell's enterprises. But for only the second time in seven years, a non-Cowell act has topped the U.K ...

  47. Simon Cowell Still Interested In Astro, 'X Factor' Teen Rapper

    December 23, 2011 12:00 PM EST After Melanie Amaro won last night's first "X Factor" crown, worth $5 million dollar label deal and a Pepsi commercial, Amaro spoke about plans for her upcoming album, while the show's executive produecr Simon Cowell talked a b ...

  48. Melanie Amaro Wins 'X Factor,' $5 Million Recording Contract, Pepsi Commercial

    December 23, 2011 8:01 AM EST LOS ANGELES (AP) - Melanie Amaro has "The X Factor." The powerful 19-year-old vocalist from Sunrise, Fla., won the Fox talent competition Thursday (Dec. 22) over soulful 30-year-old singer Josh Krajcik of Wooster, Ohio. Amaro, who was me ...

  49. Olly Murs, JLS, Merseybeats, Limehouse Lizzy Top PRS For Music's Hardest Working UK Bands List

    December 23, 2011 7:30 AM EST The X Factor magic, the influence of Simon Cowell's hit music-talent TV show that helped push recorded-music sales in the United Kingdom, appears to have enchanted U.K. live music as well, according to the 2011 ranking of Britain's Harde ...

  50. Little Mix, First Band To Win UK X Factor, Has No. 1 Single

    December 13, 2011 9:48 AM EST Little Mix, a four-piece girl band became the first group to win the UK's version of the reality show "X Factor" in front of a TV audience of 12.9 million and a live crowd of ten-thousand. The four girls, all under 20, beat finalist ...

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