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  1. NBC's Late Night Fiasco Tops Associated Press 2010 Entertainment Stories Of The Year

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST NEW YORK - What began as a grand, highly promoted experiment in late-night, ended in a fiasco that made NBC a laughing stock and captivated the country. In January 2010, NBC sought to displace their newly crowned "Tonight Show" host, Con ...

  2. '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 ...

  3. MTV U.K. Tips Far East Movement, Mona, Willow Smith

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.S. acts Far East Movement, Mona and Willow Smith have made the MTV Networks U.K. & Ireland list of 10 emerging acts it predicts will break big in 2011. "Blackberry Presents: Brand New For 2011" was unveiled at London's Koko ve ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. '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 ...

  11. '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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. Seacrest: Could Be Weeks Before 'Idol' Judges Set

    August 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest says it could be weeks before the guessing game over the show's new judges comes to an end. At auditions for the Fox TV singing contest Tuesday in East Rutherford, N.J., Seacrest said he didn' ...

  15. Fox Couldn't Talk DeGeneres Into Staying On 'Idol'

    August 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ellen DeGeneres couldn't be talked into staying with "American Idol," a Fox executive said Monday, creating a second opening for change in the show's 10th season. Who will fill her judge's chair and the one vacated by Simo ...

  16. 'Idol' Pursuing Elton John, Justin Timberlake

    July 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Reality producer Nigel Lythgoe is near a deal to to executive produce Fox's "American Idol" -- and that could spell trouble for the current judges panel. Fox is seeking to bring back Lythgoe, who shepherded "Idol" for it ...

  17. Simon Cowell Being Sued By 'Talent' Contestant

    July 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Simon Cowell's name is in the dock as the world's favorite nasty judge finds himself being sued for £2.5 million ($3.8 million) by a former contestant on the U.K. version of his "Got Talent" show, according to British press rep ...

  18. 'American Idol' Season 10 Underway In Nashville

    July 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The 10th season of "American Idol" is under way in Nashville, and despite the long lines and big dreams of wannabe contestants, there's no denying that something's missing. "'Idol's' going to be different th ...

  19. Syco Signs Labrinth For Artist, Label Deal

    June 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Simon Cowell and Sony Music's joint venture Syco has signed U.K. songwriter, artist and producer Labrinth. It's the first time Syco has signed a new artist who was not first featured on the company's TV properties, "The X Facto ...

  20. 'American Idol' Finale: 10 Things You Didn't See On TV (Night 2)

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Congratulations to "American Idol" Season Nine champ Lee DeWyze - not since Kelly Clarkson won in the first season has a winner seemed so totally blown away by taking home the title. Lee's astonishment was there for all to see on TV ...

  21. Lee DeWyze Wins 'American Idol'

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It was a paint rags to riches story made for television, as Lee DeWyze was named the champion Wednesday night for the ninth season of "American Idol." The raspy and rock-friendly voice of DeWyze, 24, a paint salesperson from Mount Prospe ...

  22. Billboard Bits: John Fogerty, Kara DioGuardi, RedOne, Taylor Swift and More

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Prior to the start of last evening's (May 18) 58th annual BMI Pop Awards , Billboard caught up with several honorees on the red carpet: * Before receiving this year's BMI Icon award, John Fogerty left no doubt as to why he's such a ...

  23. Simon Cowell Honored At Business Awards

    May 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Simon Cowell received a special recognition award in California for his contribution to television and entertainment in the U.K. and U.S. Cowell was presented with the award at the inaugural BritWeek U.K.T.I. Business Innovation Awards, staged at ...

  24. 'American Idol' Ratings Down, But Ad Sales Seen Up

    May 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Fox television heads into the year's biggest advertisement sales period later this month with questions about the future of its ratings champ "American Idol," but a better economy, among several factors, should buoy the show's ...

  25. Simon Cowell To Receive International Emmy

    March 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Simon Cowell will receive this year's International Emmy Founders Award. "Simon Cowell is an entrepreneur and performer in equal measure," said International Academy president and CEO Bruce Paisner. "He has built an internation ...

  26. 'Idol' Judges Jeer Male Semifinalists

    February 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Tim Urban tripped up his second shot at "American Idol" fame. The shaggy-haired 20-year-old singer, who served as a last-minute replacement for 25-year-old shoe salesman Chris Golightly in the top 24 semifinalists, was derided by the Fox ...

  27. 'Idol' Judges Admire Unique Female Semifinalists

    February 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST "American Idol" semifinalist Lilly Scott is right where she belongs. The 20-year-old singer from Denver was among a handful of unique crooners who impressed the Fox singing contest's judges Tuesday (Feb. 23). The platinum-haired s ...

  28. Simon Cowell Backs U.K. Anti-Piracy Plan

    February 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Simon Cowell is among the signatories on a letter to parliamentarians urging them to vote in favor of the U.K. government's Digital Economy Bill. Cowell rarely gets involved in such public policy matters, though he has sought government suppo ...

  29. Simon Cowell: A Woman Will Win 'Idol'

    February 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Simon Cowell believes a woman is likely to win his final season on "American Idol." The acerbic British judge told a teleconference Thursday he thinks one of the 12 women among the ninth season's 24 semifinalists has a good shot to ...

  30. Ellen DeGeneres Debuts As 'American Idol' Judge

    February 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Ellen DeGeneres kicked off her debut as the new "American Idol" judge in impressive fashion on Tuesday night (Feb. 9), bringing a healthy dose of honest critiques and well-timed punchlines to the first night of Hollywood auditions. Befor ...

  31. Cowell's Haiti Single Sells 200,000 In 2 Days

    February 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST The U.K. benefit single for Haiti organized by Simon Cowell has sold more than 200,000 in two days, according to the Official Charts Company (OCC). The cover of REM's "Everybody Hurts" for the Helping Haiti release from Sony Music f ...

  32. Howard Stern On 'American Idol' Judge Rumors

    February 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Howard Stern told his satellite radio listeners Monday morning (Feb. 9) that the rumor is true: "American Idol" producers are, in fact, considering him to replace Simon Cowell as a judge on the show. What's more, he's tempted t ...

  33. Simon Cowell's Haiti Single Hits Airwaves

    February 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST A new charity single for Haiti featuring Mariah Carey, Jon Bon Jovi, Susan Boyle and Robbie Williams hit the Internet and airwaves on Tuesday (Feb. 2). The cover version of REM's "Everybody Hurts" was hastily put together by Simon C ...

  34. Simon Cowell's Haiti Single Out Feb. 7

    January 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST The cover of REM's "Everybody Hurts," organized by Simon Cowell to raise money for the victims of the Haiti earthquake, will be released Feb. 7. The BBC reports that the song features Robbie Williams, Mariah Carey, Rod Stewart, Kyli ...

  35. Reports: Cowell Recruiting Stars For Haiti Single

    January 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Simon Cowell has lined up Rod Stewart, Leona Lewis and Michael Buble to sing on a charity single for victims of the earthquake in Haiti, according to U.K. press reports. The song is being coordinated by TV mogul Cowell. The "American Idol&quo ...

  36. Haiti Relief Efforts

    January 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST Quincy Jones To Remake 'We Are The World' For Haiti January 21, 2010 Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie are planning a massive 25th anniversary re-recording of "We Are the World." Simon Cowell To Produce Charity Single For Haiti Ja ...

  37. Simon Cowell To Produce Charity Single For Haiti

    January 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST TV mogul Simon Cowell said Thursday he would produce a charity single within 10 days to benefit victims of the massive earthquake in Haiti. The "American Idol" and "The X-Factor" judge said he was asked by Prime Minister Gordon ...

  38. Simon Cowell, Sony Music Sign Global Deal

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Simon Cowell and Sony Music Entertainment have renewed their partnership, confirming details of a new long-term global venture to focus on the production and exploitation of music, television, film and digital content. The new venture will own all ...

  39. Simon Cowell Recruiting 'X Factor' Judges

    January 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Simon Cowell is talking to familiar faces to sit beside him at the judges table on Fox's "The X Factor." Cowell is in discussions with his former "American Idol" co-star Paula Abdul and his current "X Factor" U.K ...

  40. ITV Says U.K. 'X Factor' Not Moving

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. broadcaster ITV says it has no plans to reschedule "The X Factor" talent show after Simon Cowell's U.S. deal created a potential clash with the stateside edition. On Monday (Jan. 11) Cowell confirmed his departure from "Am ...

  41. 'American Idol' Premieres, Victoria Beckham Faces Off With Simon Cowell

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST The ninth season of "American Idol" premiered Tuesday night (Jan. 12) on Fox amidst widespread chatter about Simon Cowell, who announced Monday he was leaving "Idol" to bring "The X Factor" to the U.S. in 2011. " ...

  42. Simon Cowell To Leave 'Idol' After This Season To Launch U.S. "X Factor"

    January 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST As has been long rumored, Simon Cowell is leaving his judging spot on "American Idol" after his season to launch an American version of "The X Factor" on Fox. The U.S. version of "X Factor" - which was responsible for ...

  43. 'American Idol' Returns, But How Long Can It Last?

    January 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST TV ratings juggernaut "American Idol" returns next week for a ninth season with comedian Ellen DeGeneres joining the judging panel but a big question mark hanging over the future of the show's biggest star -- Simon Cowell. Despite s ...

  44. Fox To Order More 'American Idol'

    December 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Fox is near a deal to order more seasons of "American Idol" -- with or without its most popular judge, Simon Cowell. The network's current contract with "Idol" producer 19 Entertainment and FremantleMedia extends through t ...

  45. Report: Simon Cowell Will Leave 'American Idol'

    December 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell has decided to quit the top-rated TV talent show when his contract ends in 2010, according to a report in British tabloid the Sun, which would deal a blow to the Fox network. Cowell, 50, has been with t ...

  46. Rage Against Simon Cowell's 'X Factor'

    December 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST “Fed up of Simon Cowell's latest karaoke act being Christmas No.1?” That’s the rallying cry from a Facebook group set up to block another “The X Factor” winner from scoring the U.K.’s No. 1 Christmas song. Jon and Tracy Morter of London launc ...

  47. Simon Cowell To Launch Global 'X-Factor' In Vegas

    December 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST British TV and record producer Simon Cowell is planning to bring his "The X Factor" talent show to Las Vegas in a global pay-per-view Internet venture. Cowell (50), best-known in the United States as an acerbic judge on America's to ...

  48. Leona Lewis, 'X Factor' Top U.K. Charts

    November 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST ITV's "The X Factor" series tightened its stranglehold on the U.K. sales charts, securing a double victory for creator/judge Simon Cowell's Sony Music-distributed Syco Music label. The 2007 "X Factor" winner Leona Lew ...

  49. Simon Cowell Is Top Male Earner On U.S. TV

    November 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Simon Cowell, the acerbic "American Idol" judge, creator of "America's Got Talent" and record producer, is the top earning man on prime-time U.S. television with an estimated haul of $75 million, said Forbes.com. Cowell be ...

  50. 'Idol' Alum Jason Castro Plots Tour

    September 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jason Castro -- the original dark horse contestant on "American Idol" who finished fourth in 2008 -- is hitting the road for a national mall tour in support of his self-titled debut. The Texas singer-songwriter's trek begins Oct. ...

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