October 18, 2011 |
The morning after "The X Factor's" American premiere last month, Simon Cowell got a call from his agent at Creative Artists Agency. The ratings were nowhere near the monster hit Cowell himself had predicted, but the agent believed that if the 12 million or so people who turned up for the premiere kept tuning in, the show would be fine. "But if you go down by 30% tonight, you're dead," Cowell remembered his agent adding ominously. Nearly a month later, "X Factor" still doesn't look ready to slay Cowell's old employer, "American Idol," in the TV-singing-competition grudge match.
February 1, 2012 |
Long the nation's most popular television series, "American Idol"has suddenly started to hit some flat notes - and it's threatening the money-making machine that has vaulted the Fox network to the top of the broadcast race. Although it's still a big hit that other networks would love to have, "Idol's" ratings this month slid to the lowest level since its debut in summer 2002. And last week for the first time, "Idol" was beaten by a head-to-head competitor,CBS'surging sitcom"The Big Bang Theory,"in the major ratings categories.
September 11, 2011 |
It may look like "American Idol" and sound like 'American Idol" — it even has some of the same people as "American Idol" — but that doesn't necessarily mean it is "American Idol. " In this case, it's "The X Factor. " With its giant four-hour premiere running across two nights on Sept. 21 and Sept. 22, the new Fox series is broadcasting its lofty ambitions: "The X Factor" wants to be the next blockbuster singing competition series. That's hardly an unfeasible achievement. The series, which was a huge hit in the U.K., comes courtesy of Simon Cowell, best known as "American Idol's" surly judge.
July 14, 2012 |
Next week, thousands of wannabe superstars will descend on New Orleans to audition for Fox's "American Idol" in pursuit of their dream of being the next Carrie Underwood or Adam Lambert. But who will ultimately judge their fate is now a mystery. Like a baseball owner angry that his team made the playoffs but didn't win the World Series, Fox is overhauling the popular musical talent show after a season that saw its viewership fall by 23% and NBC's"Sunday Night Football" franchise surpass it as the most popular program on television.
August 20, 2002 |
Only a few moments after a live broadcast of Fox's "American Idol" had gone off the air and the cameras had gone dark on the Hollywood sound stage where the series is taped, the already giddy level of the contestants vying for fame and fortune went into overdrive as they made a beeline for Simon. "How do you think we really sounded?" asked one "Idol" hopeful of the smiling British show-business mogul. "Does Madonna watch the show?" inquired another.
August 7, 2006 |
THE Mogul Who Swallowed Pop Culture is perched in his office high above bustling Sunset Boulevard, scheming. His groundbreaking project is the behemoth that has come to rule not only television, but also much of the entertainment landscape. But if you thought Simon Fuller, the British creator of "American Idol," would be sitting back by now celebrating his success, think again. "I'm hungry," he says, and he's not talking about his next meal.
April 29, 2003 |
Shrieks of excitement interrupted the bustle in the offices of 19 Entertainment last week when the usually low-profile company won an apparently historic Hollywood trifecta -- the top-rated television show, the bestselling album and the chart-topping single, simultaneously. It's the kind of accomplishment that would elicit self-congratulatory news releases if it had been achieved by an industry giant such as Sony, Disney or AOL Time Warner. But that's not the style at 19 Entertainment.
August 18, 2007 |
Jordin Sparks has signed the record contract that comes with winning "American Idol." The bubbly 17-year-old inked a deal with Jive Records in conjunction with 19Recordings, the label managed by "Idol" creator Simon Fuller, it was announced Friday. Her debut album is slated for release in November. She'll offer a taste of the disc with her new single, "Tattoo," to be released to radio stations Aug. 27.
September 14, 2004 |
Simon Fuller, the creator of "American Idol," is suing one of the show's hosts, Simon Cowell, over a new talent show in England that Fuller says is a rip-off of the original, the Hollywood Reporter said. Fuller accuses the producers of "The X Factor," who include Cowell, of infringing on the copyright of "Idol." The new show features a panel of judges passing judgment on aspiring actors.