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  • Maya Jama confirmed as host for new Simon Cowell show 'Walk The Line'

    'Walk The Line' puts a different spin on singing competitions by asking the contestants to bet on themselves for a hefty cash prize.

  • Another shocking live 'AGT' results show has Simon Cowell 'absolutely gutted'

    It was yet another shocking America's Got Talent live results show Wednesday night as the final five acts heading into the finals were revealed. Two Golden Buzzer acts found themselves vying for America's live Instant Save vote or the judge's save – quick change artist Lea Kyle, who earned Heidi Klum's Golden Buzzer, and 9-year-old opera singer Victory Brinker, who became the first Group Golden Buzzer in AGT history. By the end of the night, surprisingly, America voted to save Lea Kyle, but it wasn't over for Victory Brinker, as she secured the final spot with votes from Heidi, Sofia Vergara and Simon Cowell. However, while Simon's third vote managed to save Victory, dance group Chapkidz, whom Simon deemed the all-around best performer Tuesday night, wasn't so lucky. "I'm not going to lie. I am gutted for the kids who have just left the stage, absolutely gutted. And I'm not taking anything away from you, it's just the fact that you both were at the same time. I think we should have a wild card," declared Simon.

  • Another shocking 'AGT' result leaves Simon Cowell 'absolutely gutted'

    Simon even argued, "I think we should have a wild card," after his favorite act of the week was sent home.

  • 'AGT' comedian's uncomfortable moment as Simon Cowell buzzes him during performance flop

    The semifinals continued on America's Got Talent Tuesday night, with a few flubs from multiple acts, but it was comedian Kabir Singh who seemed to bomb the worst. The longtime comedian has a lot of experience on the stage, but on Tuesday, viewers agreed that there was something "a little off" about his performance, as many of his jokes fell a little flat. Inevitably, judge Simon Cowell buzzed Kabir halfway through his performance, to which the comedian immediately reacted, exclaiming, "Oh, no, Simon! Come on. Can I do one more joke?" Sofia Vergara, who was also not a big fan of Kabir's performance, stated "I knew it was coming," following Simon's buzzer, and later told Kabir, "I didn't like today. I don't know what happened to you. You were amazing. I loved you so much before. You were nervous. I was so excited waiting for you, because you have made me laugh so much, and there was something in your energy, too, that was weird. I don't know if you miss your mom maybe. It was a little depressing for me today, I don't know why." As for Cowell, who Kabir asked, "How could you do that to me," the judge shared, "I'll tell you why I did it, Kabir, because I think you needed that. I think it wasn't going great, and I just thought by giving you a buzz, I think it made the act better, weirdly." In the end, host Terry Crews asked Kabir if he could convince America to vote for him so he could recover from his flopped performance, and the comedian shared, "Absolutely. I have one of the best sets ready to go, next act, but this was what I did today, and it was an honor to perform for you guys, America. Please vote for me, let's go."

  • 10-year-old flubs beginning of Mariah Carey hit, and totally redeems himself on 'AGT'

    The 10-year-old performer was praised for how calmly and seamlessly he handled the adversity.

  • ‘AGT’ judges blown away with 10-year-old singer after he flawlessly recovers from a flub

    Tuesday's semi-finals episode of America’s Got Talent had a little trouble getting started, after 10-year-old singer, Peter Rosalita, missed the intro to the classic song made popular by Mariah Carey, “Without You.” When the piano music began he seemed to have trouble hearing it over the crowd noise. But the young talent remained calm and knew exactly what to do. “Hello? Wait, can you repeat please?” Rosalita said with a smile. Sorry. Sorry guys.” But once he was able to get going again, he knocked his performance out of the park, receiving love from viewers on social media and the judges, who gave him a standing ovation.

  • Howie Mandel gives harsh criticism to young 'AGT' singer and Twitter has some thoughts

    Simon Cowell and viewers came to the defense of the contestant, even calling Mandel "absolutely inexcusable."

  • ‘AGT’ rocker disappoints judges with unexpected ‘80s cover

    The live quarter finals for season 16 of America’s Got Talent continued Tuesday, and we finally found out which of the five wild card contestants had been voted through to this round: rock-chick powerhouse Storm Large. Performing a slick and loungey rendition of A-ha’s “Take on Me,” the now 52-year-old didn’t have any trouble achieving the difficult vocal ranges required for her arrangement of the song, but that wasn’t enough to win over the judges. “First of all, I really, really like you. And I admire you, and you're gutsy,” Simon Cowell said. “There was a rawness about you on this first audition which somehow has got lost. I don't know what happened -- you know, even your styling. Everything was just too soft tonight, in my opinion.”

  • Simon Cowell isn’t feeling 'AGT' disco singer Johnny Showcase's funk: 'Worst song I have ever heard on a live show'

    No contestant this week had the panel as heated — or as divided — as 40-year-old disco prankster Johnny Showcase, who was buzzed by both Simon and Howie.

  • Simon Cowell disgusted by out-there 'AGT' act: 'It was horrific. Absolutely horrific'

    The live quarterfinals continued on America's Got Talent with 12 more acts taking the stage, including Johnny Showcase. The performer, who describes himself as an "entertainer, singer, songwriter, a mover, shaker, music-maker, a part-time lover, and a full-time parent," brought all the funk to the AGT stage on Tuesday, along with a band, backup singers and an enormous octopus displayed on the digital screen behind him, which brought a lot of confusion to judge Sofia Vergara. "I don't know what is happening tonight," said Vergara. "Everybody is going crazy. I felt like you guys lost your essence. There was some much going on. What does the giant octopus have to do with anything? Something happened. To me it didn't click like the last time. I felt the last time there was comedy. There was comedy the last time, I couldn't feel it tonight." The Philadelphia-based performer is quite the character. In fact, during the audition round, Simon Cowell called it one of his favorite acts this year. However, on Tuesday night, the act wasn't quite tentacling Cowell and Howie Mandel's fancy. While Howie Mandel attempted to give them the benefit of the doubt, as he stated, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it. You showed up the first time and gave us a great comedic song. This was not funny. I think they were trying to be serious this time." When Heidi Klum, who loved the performance, said they were still being comedic, Mandel responded, "Then I didn't get the joke. I'm not good with jokes." Meanwhile, Cowell gave the most Simon Cowell response, when he bluntly stated, "It was horrific. Absolutely horrific. Honestly, you were so good the first time. This song about octopus was horrible. I mean, the worst song I have ever heard on a live show."

  • Simon Cowell emotional while speaking to 'AGT' contestant who quit due to cancer

    Jane Marczewski, also known as Nightbirde, the America's Got Talent contestant who earned Simon Cowell's golden buzzer this season, but sadly had to quit the show early due to her ongoing battle with cancer, made an appearance during Wednesday's live results show. On August 2nd, the 30-year-old singer songwriter announced on her Instagram that she had dropped out of the competition in order to focus on her fight with cancer after her health took a turn for the worse. And on Wednesday, Simon got pretty emotional while talking to the young singer, whom he thinks the world of. Cowell told Nightbirde, "We have spoken a few times and, look, you know you made the decision, rightly so, that your health is your priority right now, and I know the last time we spoke you actually said you feel like you let people down. Well, I just want to say on behalf of all of us, you haven't let anyone down. Even though you haven't competed, you have already won. As Terry said, your clip has had such an impact on so many people, and your courage and who you are. The most important thing is your well-being, and your health and your recovery. On behalf of all of us here, we're sending you our love, our prayers and we can't wait to see again you soon. Thank you so much for auditioning on the show and singing such a beautiful song." Cowell then broke mid-sentence as his emotions started to take over. Nightbirde was touched by Cowell's words and, even though her time on the show was tragically cut short, the singer shared how grateful she is for her time on AGT. "I cannot say thank you enough for the opportunity to have a moment to share my story, and I think we're witnessing such a beautiful picture of the human spirit and the triumph of the human spirit. And I think it's restored my faith in humanity a lot to see people come together just over the fact that we all hurt, we all suffer and we all have the potential to overcome. And it's, this is, I mean, the most beautiful thing that's ever happened to me in my life," shared NIghtbirde.

  • 'The X Factor' winners: Where are they now?

    Simon Cowell's singing competition has been axed after 15 series and 15 winners, but what are the victors up to now?

  • The 'X Factor' axed after 17 years

    The ITV show has come to an end.

  • Simon Cowell pulls a horrifying prank on Sofia Vergara on 'AGT'

    On America's Got Talent Tuesday night, Simon Cowell and Sofia Vergara's participation in the last audition of the night went horrifyingly wrong, when Simon was left gasping on the stage floor with an arrow piercing his chest. Comedy-danger daredevils AmberLynn and Ryan Stock originally appeared on AGT during Season 11, and their act became one of the most shocking moments in the show's history, when AmberLynn accidentally shot a flaming arrow into Ryan's neck. So, it was understandable when Simon was a little skeptical to be a part of their act Tuesday. "I’m not ‘chicken.’ I just value my life and, with respect, you are the last two I want doing anything to me," said Simon. However, it was when Sofia was blindfolded that the audience and other judges found out that it was all a prank planned by Simon to totally mess with Sofia. As soon as Sofia was properly blindfolded, Simon stuck a fake prop arrow onto his chest and took his position on the stage floor. When Sofia pulled the trigger and subsequently heard the audience’s blood-curdling screams of horror, she whipped off her blindfold to see Simon sprawled on his back with an arrow sticking out of his body, looking like he’d been struck. Eventually, Simon screamed, "I gotcha," to Sofia, but the actress didn't seem that amused. In fact, she even had a warning for Simon. “You know I’m Colombian, and you know we take revenge,” stated Sofia.

  • Simon Cowell's deadly 'America's Got Talent' stunt shocks audience: 'We need a medic!'

    Simon pulled off an epic prank on 'AGT' this week, but Sofia Vergara was not amused and vowed revenge.

  • Cancer Patient Jane Marczewski Melts Simon Cowell With 'Stunning' Voice On 'America's Got Talent'

    The singer, who also goes by Nightbirde, got the Golden Buzzer amid a grim prognosis.

  • Cancer patient with 2% survival rate gets Simon Cowell's 'AGT' golden buzzer

    Auditions continued on America's Got Talent Tuesday, and the final performer of the night completely blew the judges away with her inspiring story and stunning original song, "It's Okay." Jane Marczewski, also known as Nightbirde, is a three-time cancer survivor, who, currently, only has a two percent chance of survival. Her story and moving performance on AGT Tuesday had all four judges in the feels. Howie Mandel shared, "You know, it's funny, because singers come on, and I think about authenticity, you know, when you feel it, when it moves you. That felt like the most authentic thing I've heard this season." "That was surprisingly beautiful," said Sofia Vergara. "It was powerful. It was heartfelt, and I think you're amazing." Heidi Klum told Jane, " You gave me chills. I mean, your voice is so beautiful to listen to. It was beautiful all the way around." Most impressed was Simon Cowell, who shared, "Your voice is stunning. Absolutely stunning, and I totally agree with what Howie said, you know, about authenticity. There was something about that song after the way you just almost casually told us what you're going through, and, oh, you know." "You can't wait until life isn't hard anymore before you decide to be happy," said Jane wisely. Simon then did a little fakeout, saying “I’m not going to give you a yes -- I’m going to give you something else!” With that, he hit the Golden Buzzer, as the overjoyed and overwhelmed Marczewski dropped to her knees, sobbing, and Simon went onstage to embrace her. “I have a 2 percent chance of survival, but 2 percent is not zero percent,” Nightbirde told AGT host Terry Crews backstage after her audition. “Two percent is something, and I wish people knew how amazing it is.” Meanwhile, a still-awestruck Simon sat in his judging chair, sighing, “God, that really got to me.”

  • 10-Year-Old Peter Rosalita Dominates 'America's Got Talent' In Season Premiere

    "Mariah better watch out," judge Heidi Klum said after the Filipino singer hit the high notes of "All By Myself."

  • Simon Cowell Cancels ‘X Factor Israel’ Appearance

    Simon Cowell has canceled his scheduled appearance as a judge on the upcoming season of “X Factor Israel.” Late last year, the veteran producer and reality TV judge signed a deal to serve as one of the judges on the next season of the Israeli musical reality show, which is slated to begin filming this […]

  • Fleur East says 'X Factor' should 'come with a warning' for young music stars

    East has competed twice on 'The X Factor' and spent three years with Simon Cowell's record label, Syco.

  • Simon Cowell reveals his bike injuries were 'millimetre away' from 'cutting back in half'

    The 61-year-old fell off an electric bike at his Malibu home last year.

  • Simon Cowell calls Kelly Clarkson one of the 'nicest people I've ever met' in sweet 'American Idol' reunion

    The British TV judge appeared on Wednesday's "The Kelly Clarkson Show," dubbed as a "reunion with the OGs." There's clearly a lot of love there with Cowell saying he always tells aspiring stars to "Follow Kelly" when it comes to career goals.

  • Paula Abdul Calls Simon Cowell An 'STD' On 'American Idol': 'I Can't Believe I Said That'

    The entertainer returned to "Idol" as a fill-in judge for the live show and quickly caused a stir.

  • Jedward call Simon Cowell 'nothing but a bad facelift' in rant about music executives

    The former 'X Factor' contestants claim the artists who appear on the show are treated like slaves and need to be protected.