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Simon Cowell to receive special award at BAFTA TV event

Hollywoodnews.com: Finally caught up with the “American Idol” finale on DVR. Man, was that a love fest for the departing Simon Cowell.

Not that the guys doesn’t deserve it. He was the reason to watch “Idol” during this particularly dreary season, and his presence on the show will be missed. But man … that was treatment reserved for royalty. And now the accolades continue to rain down.

Cowell’s going to receive a special prize at the BAFTA TV awards next month, according to the BBC. Cowell will be recognized for his “outstanding contribution … and for his development of new talent.”

Previous recipients of BAFTA’s special award include Paul Greengrass (the “Bourne” series) and BBC executive Jane Tranter. The BAFTA TV awards will be held at the London Palladium on June 6. They will be televised in the UK on BBC One.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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