In a new interview with the U.K. Mirror, American Idol’s Simon Cowell hinted that he may be leaving the show after this season. Why? The sharp-tongued judge, 49, says he is getting tired of traveling for his three TV shows — and Idol would be the first to go.
“I don’t want to come over as whiney because I am very grateful that I have got these jobs,” says Cowell, who also hosts U.K.’s The X-Factorand Britain’s Got Talent. “But there is a point where I am not sure we can keep this schedule up.”
“It takes longer and longer to make these shows because you have to put more into them, and I am not sure we can sustain me doing three shows a year, with the record label and the TV production company,” he goes on.
He says he “can’t imagine not doing Britain’s Got Talent and I can’t imagine not doing X-Factor. But I guess America is more likely to go because I have got one year under contract. Maybe that will be the end.”
Megan Joy was eliminated this week from American Idol after saying she “didn’t care” what Simon thought. Megan recently spoke to E! about being eliminated, her family, and getting a new tattoo -
On Saying She ‘Didn’t Care’: When asked Wednesday night what she thought of Simon’s criticism of her, Megan flippantly said she “didn’t care.” Now, she explains, “I care about the competition. I didn’t want people to misunderstand me not caring. I just didn’t care that Simon didn’t like my song. So, I couldn’t help but be honest.”
On the Kara-Brother Fight: On the commercial break after Kara got heckled by C.J., the judge went up to her heckler and had words with him. “I think she was just kind of like, ‘How dare you? Who do you think you are?’ And then she was like, ‘Who are you?’ He’s like, ‘Her brother.’ And then she was like, ‘Oooh. I see.’ It was kind of funny.”
On Her Most Memorable Night: “The night I was sick. The miracle that I actually got through my song because I was literally was laying on the ground with IVs in me [30 minutes] before.”
On Reuniting With Son Ryder: “I’m gonna hold him for as long as he’ll let me, and I’m going to try not to sob like a lunatic because I’m sure he’ll just be confused and scared. It’s going to be beautiful. I cannot wait.” She adds that she doesn’t get to go home until “hopefully Wednesday” because she has to “wrap things up here” and finish doing press.
On Her Next Tattoo: “I had a lucky ring that I’ve worn the entire time, and I’m going to have that tattooed on my ribs.” (Ouch!)
The new American Idol rule that gives the “American Idol” judges the power to save one singer voted off by the fans wasn’t enough to keep the first two finalists from getting the boot. Jasmine Murray and Jorge Nunez were sent home Wednesday, reducing the number of contestants to 11.
The new rule essentially gives the judges the power to veto or overrule the choice of the voters. For example, the judges can decide not to send home the contestant getting the lowest votes. This is however a one time privilege meaning the judges can only to this once this season. Plus all four judges have to agree to save the contestant.
Once saved, the contestant is however on their own for the next week and could end up going home the next week if they are one of the two lowest vote getters. If a contestant is saved, then two contestants are eliminated the next week. Also this veto has to happen before the finalists get down to the final five.
This rule might just be what AI needs to shake things up and perhaps help a deserving contestant stay on longer. The French version of the show has had this rule in place, and it has been a success. It makes it less of a popularity contest and more of a talent competition.