“American Idol” is ending but the news didn’t surprise Simon Cowell. Apparently, for as many as nine seasons he was one of the faces of the show. However, ever since he left the Fox series, he is not keeping an update about the musical reality show.
On the eve of American Idol’s final three episodes, Cowell shared to the NY Daily News: “I haven’t seen it at all, so I wouldn’t have a clue as to what it looks like now.”
Cowell’s experience as the original judge of the U.K. series “Pop Idol,” the show that inspired Fox’s “American Idol,” brought him to the first panel of judges on the latter show as well. He entered it in 2002 and left it in 2010, after its ninth season. With such long association, he turned into a maven of pop culture and his detailed knowledge and tough yet precise comment and judgement made him a popular judge.
Cowell is on board NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” as a judge for this season and feels the standard of “Idol” witnessed a slump downhill after the exit of him and Paula Abdul. While he left to produce “The X Factor,” Abdul resigned as she failed to negotiate a new contract. Explaining it further he said, “Paula was the right leg and I was the left leg. And with both legs gone, it wasn’t the same show.”
In another interview to Variety he further added, “I wasn’t surprised,” he added of the show coming to an end. “No one can complain after 15 years. It’s had a fantastic run, great memories. For me, I had the best time of my life. But then, you move on and other things come along.”
Cowell earned the reputation of “the mean judge” for his critical and straightforward comments on the show; however, he never liked this much. “To be honest I found that to be embarrassing. In real auditions you can’t tell someone who is terrible that they’re good and promise them that they’re going to become a star,” he told NY Daily News.