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Monday 22 December 2014

£45m Cowell best-paid man on US television

Simon Cowell
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John and Edward Grimes
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Kandy Rain: Kandy Rain are another all-girl group from London
John and Edward: The spiky-haired Grimes brothers are from Dublin
Danyl Johnson: The 27-year-old dance teacher from Reading works at a boys prep school
Jamie Archer: The 33-year-old musician has been gigging for over eight years
Joseph McElderry: The 18-year-old student from South Shields started singing a few years ago
Lloyd Daniels Welshman Lloyd (16) started singing when he was five by entering a karaoke competition
Lucie Jones: The 18-year-old student has just finished her A-Levels
Miss Frank: Graziella Affinita, Shaniece Davis and Shar Alexandra are the three Londoners who make up the all-girl group
Olly Murs: Olly, 25, from Essex
Rachel Adedeji: The 17-yearold student attended stage school from the age of two
Rikki Loney: The 21-year-old Glaswegian singer has previously auditioned in series one, two and five
Stacey Solomon: The 19-year-old Essex mum had never made it past the first audition stage

Simon Cowell is the best-paid man on prime-time US television, raking in an estimated $75m (£45m) in just 12 months, according to business magazine Forbes.

A list of America's biggest TV earners places the 50-year-old Briton firmly at the top, with his American Idol continuing to pull in big bucks and record ratings.

He towers over second-placed Donald Trump, whose TV ventures, including the Apprentice franchise, saw him take home $50m (£30m) in the year to June.

Cowell is not the only one to cash-in on American Idol. Host Ryan Seacrest was third on the list of top earning prime-time entertainers, bringing in $38m (£23m) over the 12 month period.

Briton Hugh Laurie came in at number nine for his starring role in medical drama House, earning an estimated $10m (£6m) in the year to June, Forbes said.

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