Simon Cowell to launch TV company to compete with his partner’s company.

Simon Cowell to launch TV company to compete with his partner’s company.
Although he “has received large performance fees for his on-screen role and has made money from record sales,” Pop Idol and American Idol judge Simon Cowell “has received no money from international sales of the Pop Idol TV format, phone voting or sponsorship deals,” the Financial Times reports. Because of that, Simon now “has plans to produce music-based TV formats through a joint venture company with Bertelsmann,” which will place him “in direct competition with pop supremo Simon Fuller, his [present] business partner.” No word what this might mean for Simon’s return on American Idol 2.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.

Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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