Cowell Signs Three-Year Deal With 'Idol'
"American Idol" judge Simon Cowell has signed a contract to appear on the crooner contest for another three years, the Fox network said."American Idol" judge Simon Cowell has signed a contract to appear on the crooner contest for another three years, the Fox network said.
Cowell agreed to return to "American Idol" if Fox would make his show-business dreams come true. He wanted help establishing his own production company, simcow Ltd., and a first-look agreement with the network to run a new reality-TV series from him.
He says he doesn't think the new ventures will limit his appearances on "Idol." "It's not a difficult show to do, 'American Idol,' apart from the audition sequence," he said. "Once we're into the studio side it's only two days a week, so there's loads of other time to do the things I want to do."
He refused to say how much he is being paid or what new shows he plans to produce. He already oversees the new dating program "Cupid," which is set to premiere tomorrow (July 9) on CBS.
Cowell will begin judging auditions for a third season of "American Idol" later this summer. The new season is set to start in January 2004.
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