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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. Cowell welcomed his first child with a woman named Lauren Silverman last year. —XFINITY Entertainment Staff (Photos by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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