Simon Cowell On the Spot

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For the acid-tongued judge on Fox’s American Idol (and Pop Idol in the U.K.), the hits keep on coming. As a music exec with BMG, Cowell, 43, is credited with developing some 25 No. 1 hits in England. Then came the Idol juggernaut (he helped craft both shows, and the winners sign with his label, S Records, a joint venture with BMG).

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