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'American Idol': Then & Now

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Simon Cowell

The English A&R executive, television producer and entrepreneur left "Idol" behind at the end of its ninth season. The acerbic Brit brought his own U.K. hit, "The X Factor," to America in September of 2011. Although it was canceled in 2014, Cowell quickly got over the failure by returning to the version across the pond. Cowell welcomed his first child with a woman named Lauren Silverman early last year. —XFINITY Entertainment Staff (Photos by Kevin Winter, Gareth Cattermole/Getty)

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