Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell is One of Barbara Walters’ Most Fascinating People

Simon Cowell will be one of Barbara Walter’s “10 Most Fascinating People of 2011” along with The Kardashian Family (Do. Not Want. Do Not Get. It); stars from television’s hit comedy, “Modern Family,” Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet; MLB star and New York Yankees Captain Derek Jeter; full time asshat, Donald Trump; pop singer Katy Perry; and royal sister, Pippa Middleton.

X Factor

X Factor: Can Any of These Contestants Sell Records?

Ali weighs in on the post X Factor prospects of the Top 7.

Ever since I started watching these televised talent competitions, I’ve noticed a glaring flaw in the system. A majority of the time, contestants who win over America on TV are not the same contestants who win over America’s record-buying public. Sure, every once in a while, America will strike gold with a delightfully loveable Carrie Underwood, who endears herself to the voters and goes platinum many times over once the show is done with. With all of the pyrotechnics, backup dancers, and futuristic technology (i.e. Steve Jones) that X Factor USA brings, it’s sometimes hard to tell what these contestants will be like after the show.