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  1. Backbeat: L.A. Reid Talks Backstage at 'X Factor' About Chris Rene, New Regime at Epic

    December 08, 2011 2:41 PM EST Ninety minutes after the conclusion of one of this season's last episodes of " The X Factor," about a dozen people of different ages and races are packed into Antonio "L.A." Reid's dressing room. The most recognizable ...

  2. 'The X Factor's' Simon Cowell Joins Twitter

    November 16, 2011 8:00 PM EST Simon Cowell is now part of Twitter nation. "The X Factor" judge and creator joined the social-networking site Wednesday, under the handle @simoncowell . He sent out his first and so far only tweet Wednesday afternoon, which included a s ...

  3. 'The X Factor' Renewed for Second Season

    November 02, 2011 5:35 PM EDT Fox has renewed "The X Factor" a second season. The network has given the green-light on the reality competition series, with the network's head of alternative entertainment Mike Darnell calling it a "monumental success." ...

  4. U.K. Charity Appeals To Simon Cowell To Resolve 'X-Factor' Conflict

    October 26, 2011 1:06 PM EDT The chief executive of British music charity Rhythmix has written an open letter to Simon Cowell appealing for the "X-Factor" boss to stop using the organization's name for one of the acts in this year's U.K. competition. Four- ...

  5. 'The X Factor' Vs. 'American Idol:' Who's Leading the Battle for Talent Show Supremacy (Analysis)

    October 07, 2011 9:43 PM EDT Now that "The X Factor" has had a minute to make its initial impression on America, with some 11.2 million people tuning in faithfully in week two, the time has come for us to step back and a take a good look at the slate of singing cont ...

  6. Debut Single From Brit 'X Factor' Finalist One Direction Lands Biggest First-Week Sales of the Year

    September 23, 2011 7:13 AM EDT Antonio "L.A." Reid, Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul: Take note. On the same week that she made her judging debut (Sept. 21) on Fox's "The X Factor," Nicole Scher­zinger has proved to be an equally shrewd hitmaker on the ot ...

  7. Simon Cowell Dishes On Upcoming Season of 'The X Factor'

    September 20, 2011 8:59 PM EDT Simon Cowell started a quick conversation by soliciting an opinion from this reporter about the premiere episode of The "X Factor" that will air Sept. 21 on Fox. After noting that it is indeed as he has said it would be -- over the top, ...

  8. Outkast, Ciara Headed for L.A. Reid's Epic Records, Sources Say

    September 15, 2011 12:16 PM EDT Since taking over Sony Music's Epic Records in July, label chairman and X Factor judge L.A. Reid has been busy rebuilding the company's image and roster, which will soon include Outkast and Ciara, sources say. Reid has a long history wit ...

  9. 'X Factor' Has World Premiere Screening With Epic CEO L.A. Reid

    September 15, 2011 8:15 AM EDT Grinning Judges: Nicole Scherzinger, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Antonio 'L.A.' Reid and Steve Jones attend 'The X Factor' world premiere screening in Hollywood (Photo: Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage ) A group of 10 Epic Records execut ...

  10. Simon Cowell Breaks Silence on 'X Factor' Lawsuit, Slams 'Idol' Creator

    August 24, 2011 6:30 PM EDT Simon Cowell has some choice words for American Idol creator Simon Fuller: Keep your hands off "The X Factor." Cowell is finally responding to the lawsuit filed in July by Fuller against Fox and producer Fremantle claiming Fuller is owed ...

  11. Jennifer Lopez Is Returning to 'American Idol,' Nigel Lythgoe Says

    August 10, 2011 4:17 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez is returning to American Idol. Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe let the cat out of the bag Wednesday during Ryan Seacrest's morning radio show that the singer-actress will return to the judges' table alongside mainstay Randy Ja ...

  12. Pepsi to Showcase 'X Factor' Winner in Super Bowl TV Ad

    August 08, 2011 6:29 AM EDT A significant new element to Pepsi's sponsorship of "The X Factor" has raised the stakes for contestants on the Fox singing competition show: The soft-drink giant says it will feature the winner in a Pepsi TV ad that will air duri ...

  13. 'X Factor' Grand Prize Changed: Winner Gets $5 Million in Cash, Record Deal

    August 05, 2011 3:08 PM EDT Fox's "The X Factor" has altered its grand prize. The winner receives $5 million in cash in addition to a Syco/Sony Music recording contract rather than a deal worth $5 million, judge and show producer Simon Cowell said Friday durin ...

  14. Pepsi to Feature 'X Factor' Winner in Super Bowl Ad

    August 05, 2011 11:12 AM EDT A significant new element to Pepsi's sponsorship of " The X Factor " has raised the stakes for contestants on the Fox singing competition show: The soft-drink giant says it will feature the winner in a Pepsi TV ad that will air duri ...

  15. 'The X Factor' Winner and Finalists to be Managed by Front Line

    August 03, 2011 9:22 PM EDT Irving Azoff's Front Line Management will manage winners and finalists of "The X Factor" U.S., The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The partnership between Front Line, a division of Live Nation Entertainment, and Simon Cowell's ...

  16. 'American Idol' Creator Simon Fuller Sues Fox Over 'X Factor' Fees

    July 20, 2011 1:20 PM EDT TV's most-watched show exploded into litigation today as "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller sued Fox claiming he should be paid a rich fee for the upcoming Simon Cowell competition show "The X Factor." According to a law ...

  17. 'The X Factor': Chevrolet Named Official Car Sponsor

    June 10, 2011 4:05 PM EDT Fox, Syco Television and FremantleMedia announced this week that Chevrolet will be the official car sponsor of the upcoming fall reality competition series "The X Factor." "Fox is thrilled to partner with Chevrolet, an iconic Americ ...

  18. 'American Idol' Ratings Up From Last Year

    May 26, 2011 6:26 PM EDT Country crooner Scotty McCreery and Fox itself are both smiling over the conclusion of "American Idol." Wednesday's finale of the nation's most popular television show was seen by an estimated 29.3 million people. The Nielsen C ...

  19. Nicole Scherzinger To Replace Cheryl Cole As 'The X Factor' Judge: Report

    May 25, 2011 7:00 PM EDT Nicole Scherzinger will replace Cheryl Cole as a judge on "The X Factor" show that will debut this fall on Fox, according to a report on TMZ.com. Concern about Cole's thick accent led to her being dropped from the panel of judges. A ...

  20. 'X-Factor' Airtimes Announced; Is Two and a Half Hours a Week Too Much?

    May 16, 2011 11:01 AM EDT Fox has given "The X Factor" the odd running time of 90 minutes and positioned it at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, beginning this fall the network announced Monday morning. An hourlong results show will be aired Thursdays. "The X Factor&quo ...

  21. Paula Abdul Officially Joins Simon Cowell's 'X Factor'

    May 08, 2011 10:33 PM EDT After months of speculation , Paula Abdul has finally confirmed that she will join Simon Cowell's "X Factor" as the fourth and final judge. Along with Cowell and previously announced judges Cheryl Cole and Antonio "L.A." R ...

  22. Will 4th Judge For 'X Factor' Be Paula Abdul?

    May 06, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Taping for the new Fox singing contest "X Factor" is scheduled to start Sunday. But only three of the expected four judges have been announced. While the clock is ticking, the identity of the show's fourth judge, though widely expec ...

  23. Simon Cowell Tops Mick Jagger, Sting In UK music Rich List

    May 04, 2011 10:29 PM EDT "The X Factor" and former "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell jumped to number 6 in the British music rich list in 2011 after his fortune hit 200 million pounds ($330 million), Britain's Sunday Times newspaper said on Thurs ...

  24. Jennifer Lopez Shops Musical Competition to TV Networks: Report

    April 21, 2011 4:06 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez has joined forces with "American Idol" creator and executive producer Simon Fuller and his company, XIX Entertainment, for a new musical competition. They are shopping a reality series, tentatively titled "Que Viva,&q ...

  25. Fergie Joins 'X Factor' Contenders As Producers Have 'Nightly Arguments,' Simon Cowell Says

    April 08, 2011 8:05 AM EDT Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie is in the running for a judge's spot on the upcoming U.S. version of "The X Factor," but creator Simon Cowell said on Thursday that producers were still juggling dozens of names for the TV talent show. ...

  26. Fox Confirms L.A. Reid As 'X Factor' Judge

    March 18, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Fox has confirmed that L.A. Reid will judge Simon Cowell's "X Factor." Reid resigned as chairman of Island Def Jam earlier this week. Reid is also expected to land a position at Sony Music, which houses Cowell's Syco Records, t ...

  27. 'American Idol' Ratings Down 13 Percent From Last Year's Premiere

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST Initial ratings show interest is down in "American Idol" and its new team of judges. The Nielsen Co. says 26.2 million people saw the two-hour season premiere Wednesday night of television's most popular show. That's down 13 pe ...

  28. Universal Partners With 'American Idol' Rival 'The Voice Of...'

    January 19, 2011 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group has signed a recording and services deal with the producers of a new television singing competition "The Voice Of ...," which launches in the United States this spring to rival the popular "American Idol" ...

  29. 'American Idol': Behind the Scenes of TV's Big Gamble

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST There's a saying in the music business that you're only as good as your last hit. If that were true of television, then American Idol might have been dropped after last season. With falling ratings, to the tune of 9 percent, lack of star ...

  30. Simon Cowell Switches From Coke ('American Idol') to Pepsi ('X-Factor') Sponsorship

    January 04, 2011 12:00 AM EST Simon Cowell is now a Pepsi man. The U.S. version of The X Factor, which Cowell's Syco Television produces with FremantleMedia North America, has inked a deal with the soft-drink maker to become an official sponsor of the singing competition, ...

  31. Simon Cowell Says 'X-Factor' Will Discover the Next Bob Marley, Dylan, Jack White

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST The U.K. version of The X-Factor just wrapped its seventh season, crowning Essex native Matt Cardle its latest winner, and now eyes officially turn to its next go-round: a U.S. premiere in September 2011. To no one's surprise, pretty much all ...

  32. 'American Idol' Moves from Hollywood to Las Vegas

    December 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST "American Idol" has lost its mean streak. The hit Fox television show once exalted equally for its sensational singing and cutting criticism is embracing a softer approach this year, following the exit of top villain Simon Cowell and t ...

  33. NBC, Mark Burnett to Launch 'Idol' Rival

    December 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST NBC is teaming with Mark Burnett and John de Mol to launch a new singing competition program that takes aim at Fox's American Idol and its upcoming series The X Factor. The broadcaster has acquired the rights to The Voice of Holland, a format ...

  34. Simon Cowell Honored At International Emmys

    November 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST British music impresario and prickly former "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell received an honorary International Emmy award at the annual prizes for television produced outside the United States. Britain won five of the competitive priz ...

  35. Lythgoe Reveals More Changes For 'American Idol'

    November 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST "American Idol" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe told TVGuide.com that there are more changes coming to Fox's singing competition. This season, the finalists will participate in a number of new challenges, including making a music v ...

  36. Justin Bieber Interested in Judging 'X Factor,' Says Simon Cowell

    October 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Teen pop star Justin Bieber may be busy selling out arenas on his My World 2.0 tour and hyping his autobiography, "First Step 2 Forever: My Story," but according to former American Idol judge Simon Cowell, the 16-year-old has additional ...

  37. ITV Renews 'X Factor' To 2013

    October 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. TV network ITV has agreed a new, three-year deal for "The X Factor" and "Britain's Got Talent" with Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment and production company Fremantle Media. As part of the renewal, the broadcaste ...

  38. Songwriters Today 'Pretty Awful' Says Elton John

    October 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Elton John described today's songwriters as "pretty awful," pop music as uninspiring and talent shows like "American Idol" as boring in an interview published on Tuesday (Oct. 19). The 63-year-old singer of "Your Song ...

  39. Thousands Join U.K. 'X Factor' Facebook Protest

    October 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The final 12 contestants for the 2010 series of Simon Cowell's U.K. music talent show "The X Factor" were unveiled this weekend, with the judges’ decisions provoking a number of online protests throughout the United Kingdom. The mos ...

  40. Kara DioGuardi Departs American Idol

    September 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ending weeks of speculation, Kara DioGuardi and Fox announced late Friday that she would be departing as a judge on "American Idol" after two seasons. A statement released by Fox was full of accolades for DioGuardi, perhaps to counteract ...

  41. No Autotuning Here, Say 'American Idol' producers

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Simon Cowell has gone from "American Idol" judge to a potential headache for the show. A furor over whether Cowell's British talent show "The X Factor" electronically altered contestant voices has prompted "American I ...

  42. U.K. 'X Factor' Bans Auto-Tune

    August 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. edition of Simon Cowell's music talent show "The X Factor" has announced that auto-tuning software will not be used on contestants' voices in future. Earlier this week, "X Factor" bosses came under fire from ...

  43. 'X Factor' Admits To Autotune, Australian Host Out

    August 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The seventh U.K. series of Simon Cowell's music talent show "The X Factor" opened with ratings of 11.1 million on ITV1, up on the 9.9 million for the first show last year. But today (Aug. 23) all the attention has been on more negat ...

  44. 'X Factor' Returns With A Spice Girl

    August 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "The X Factor" returns to ITV1 in the U.K. on Saturday (Aug. 21) and the channel will be hoping ratings for the first episode of the seventh series top the impressive 9.9 million for last year's opener. Viewers will see a few change ...

  45. Aerosmith Bandmate Says Steven Tyler Confirmed For 'Idol'

    August 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler has signed a deal to become a judge on "American Idol," according to a news report on Wednesday quoting one of his bandmates. Fox and the show's producers have kept largely quiet on the speculation, but ...

  46. 'Idol' Judge Kara 'Disappointed' By Fox Silence

    August 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi's father, a Republican U.S. Senate contender in New York, says the songwriter is getting the silent treatment from Fox about her rumored axing from the show. "Would you believe she did not h ...

  47. 7 Reasons Fox Hasn’t Signed An 'Idol' Judge

    August 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Simon Cowell declared he's leaving "American Idol" back in January. Now it's a few weeks before the "Idol" judging panel goes before the cameras on the show's audition trail, and there's still no replacement ...

  48. Nick Cannon: Mariah Wants To Be 'Idol' Judge

    August 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Billboard sister publication the Hollywood Reporter spoke today with Nick Cannon, Mariah Carey's husband, about his just extended term as chairman of the teens-only TeenNick network, his hosting duties of NBC's "America's Got T ...

  49. Jennifer Lopez's 'Idol' Deal Falls Apart: Report

    August 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jennifer Lopez, widely rumored to become a judge on "American Idol," will not be joining the show after all, according to report by People . A source told the magazine's website that Lopez had been working on a deal to become a judg ...

  50. Business Matters: Simon Cowell, S-Curve, Eminem and more

    August 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis on the day's music business news. Simon Cowell Using SEO To Improve Image? -- Is Simon Cowell using search engine optimization (SEO) to improve his image? From the NY Daily News: “Cowell's U.K. spokeswoman Ann-Marie ...

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