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Judging Talent, and Winning Fans

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Judging Talent, and Winning Fans

Judging Talent, and Winning Fans

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Record executive Simon Cowell is a judge on the talent show American Idol, which begins a new season this month. The hour-long show is a spin-off of one Cowell helped create in Britain, Pop Idol.

His brutally frank criticism — delivered judiciously in his British accent — has made Cowell famous. A veteran of 26 years in the music industry, Cowell is currently with the BMG label. His most recent book is Simon Cowell: I Don't Mean To Be Rude, But... This interview originally aired on Jan. 15, 2004.

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