Many casual observers may assume Simon Cowell has some ownership over “American Idol.” He does not. Sure, he gets paid a ridiculous amount of money to judge the show but he has no direct stake in it – unlike “America’s Got Talent” and a British show he’d like to import here called “X Factor.
To confuse matters, the man who does run 19 Entertainment is also named Simon — Fuller, that is.
“X Factor” has elements of “Idol” in it but involves more mentoring and includes both solo acts and groups. Leona Lewis won a couple of years ago. The Times in the U.K. reports he will bring the show to Los Angeles in the fall of 2011. His deal with Idol ends next year and he might jump ship to “X Factor,” the story says.
MJ dug up the top trending topics on Twitter. Adam Lambert came in No. 3 behind Michael Jackson and Susan Boyle. American Idol was the top TV show.
- Speaking of Boyle, that woman continues to dominate album sales, with 582K more sold last week in its third week and 1.8 million total. Carrie Underwood’s special helped push sales of her album up 32 percent to 107,000.