Monday, January 11, 2010
Simon Cowell Leaving American Idol
Yes, the rumors seem to be true. No, he's not leaving this season. It seems that the crowd who works there don't all get along so well (who woulda thunk it?) and Simon will be bringing an American version of his UK show The X Factor here. Since Cowell owns The X Factor. if it hits here, he'll be much better off career-wise. So, he's not giving his career the kiss of death. He might be picking just the right time. By the way, if you don't follow the link above, The X Factor is yet another talent contest show.
More about the American Idol Simon leaving brouhaha can be found in this Daily Beast article. While that article seems to concentrate on it's all about Simon thinking of Simon and planning to wreck American Idol, I really don't think so. I think he knows he has an audience and knows what he's doing. Sure, he's thinking of his own career. But, heck ... if I didn't think of my own career, I wouldn't bother getting up to go to work daily.
I just wonder how next year will go. I'll admit I'll most likely watch Cowell's new show. Will it diminish my interest in American Idol? Quite possibly. I guess we'll see what happens and whether AI can still be a powerhouse without Simon Cowell.
Your thoughts? Will you watch both shows? One over the other? How will it change Idol to be Simon-less and Paula-less? I'm not too keen on Kara and I can only take so much of "yo, yo, check it out, check it out" from Randy Jackson. I heard Ellen DeGeneres said that she'll leave if Simon goes.