Simon Cowell: "The public eventually are gonna get sick to death of me"

Simon_lSo just how long does Simon Cowell plan to be a fixture on American Idol? The surly judge addressed his future with the show on a conference call today, telling reporters he
finds the audition process to be “absolute torture,” and hinting that he may
be hitting the road once his contract expires in two years.
“The public eventually are gonna get sick to death of me. Nine years is
probably enough to inflict on anyone. Can the show exist without me?
Absolutely. It would probably get better.”

Cowell also spoke about Taylor Hicks, Ruben Studdard, and Katharine McPhee no longer having record deals. “It’s a reflection on the unpredictability of the record business. Fortunately, we got it right more than we got it wrong…. There’s no scientific way to explain what happens. It’s a reality show and what happens at the end is also reality.” He used the same theory to explain lackluster sales by the most recent winner and runner-up, Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis. “Naturally, I’m disappointed that they didn’t sell more copies or that neither artist has caught on fire,” he said. “What you want [is] a Carrie [Underwood], Daughtry or Kelly Clarkson, where they’re competing with the Mariahs. It didn’t happen. Am I surprised? Not particularly…. The public decided it’s not necessarily what they wanted, so we have to try to do better this year.”


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  • daisyj

    How is three out of six a better than fifty percent average?

  • sophie

    to daisyj, it’s not 3 out of 6. there were six winners, but non-winners, like katharine mcphee, also got deals. so it’s three out of however many got deals. including non-winners like clay, who still does have a record deal.

  • trogert

    Fans of Hicks and McPhee are in agreement that they will be boycotting this year’s show due to the shabby treatment their idols received from their respective labels. Taylor’s career was badly mis-managed and McPhee was blatantly ignored during last year’s program. I predict another huge loss of viewers again this season. Way to go AI!

  • D.J.

    Ahem…have you ever thought that the reason those three were dropped was because they shouldn’t have had a record deal in the first place? Don’t lose sleep over this. Besides, this doesn’t hinder them from making music somewhere else…or how about this for a novel idea — making music on their own (you know, without all the fancy editing and overdubs).

  • Pam

    Why is this a surprise? Hicks is a good bar singer and one you have to see in person to appreciate. As far as McFee & Studdard, I, personally, don’t like R&B or hip hop or whatever they call McFee’s cd. TPTB almost ruined Kelly Clarkson’s career with the drek they put on her first cd. There were a couple of good songs; her second & third cds are much better. And unfortunately, Jordin Sparks’ cd is just as unlistenable for me. All of the songs sound the same (actually they sound just like McFee’s songs). I was really looking forward to Jordin’s cd and I was VERY disappointed.
    They are trying to fit a mold of what they THINK people will like.

  • Ally

    The reason is that it is a popularity contest (who do you like best) rather than a talent contest and some voices do not translate that popularity into record sales. Elliot Yamin was virtually ignored by Clive Davis, despite coming in third, and has sold more records than Hicks and McPhee if you count his Target Holiday CD. Idol gets it wrong by putting people like Sanjaya in finals while ousting truly talented ones, and then by not supporting rare talent like Elliot

  • To trogert

    If Hicks and McPhee had a lot of fans to begin with, then they would have sold more albums and this wouldn’t have been an issue in the first place.

  • Sally in Chicago

    Hicks wanted to be his own man. He was an older artist and used to be independent, self-producing his style of music. He didn’t fit the mold. He will not suffer.
    Reuben on the other hand may be another circuit singer along with the Peabo Bryson’s of the world. They go from circuit to circuit, show to show. It’s not a bad gig, it’s just not a “star” gig.
    McPhee wanted to be in movies and she’s trying to capitalize on that. She never hit me with her personality. But she’s got good management and while she’s not top ‘star’ material she will continue to work.
    Like someone wrote, this is a reality show. They give you a record contract and a little push but the artist has to get good rep and sell themselves. They are the product, not the record company.

  • Paula

    If Taylor had radio play, he would have sold more albums. When people requested his music on the radio, they were told “we’re not ALLOWED to play his music.”

  • Sally in Chicago

    In all this discussion it’s interesting that no one mentions Jennifer Hudson, probably the MOST SUCCESSFUL and the “quietest” IDOL. I mean she’s been in 4 movies, and is constantly touring in private events. She should have a kickA** CD coming out — when it comes out. But right now she can do no wrong.

  • Bonnie

    Cowell has said many times that he would makes sure the public picked the correct winner. Well, maybe Simon should stay out of it and let the public select the winner. Maybe then they would have viable careers.

  • Dub

    The inherent problem with the whole Idol concept is that it does things backwards. The record label is forced to sign an artist that they may not really want (definitely seemed to be the case with Taylor). And then the label is supposed to promote a product they don’t really believe in. Not a great recipe for success.

  • eventually???

    I rarely watched the show because my husband hates Simon Cowell so much. I tolerated him until he started dissing the winners…who were America’s choices.
    I think the only way AI will regain popularity is to oust the idiot.

  • sandra sexton

    IF TAYLOR HAD MORE AIRPLAY ON THE RADIO HE WOULD HAVE MORE FANS TO APPRECIPATE HIS MUSIC. WHEN HIS ALBUM CAME OUTA LOT OF PEOPLE DIDNOT KNOW IT WAS OUT AND WHEN HIS FANS REQUESTED HIS ALBUM TO THE RADIO STATION THEY WOULDNOT PLAY IT . I THINK TAYLOR WANTED TO DO HIS OWN WAY ON HIS ALBUM . I THINK THAT HE DONT CARE ABOUT HAVE MUCH HE SALES HE JUST WANT PEOPLE TO ENJOY HIS MUSIC. SO WHAT I SAY ABOUT SIMON IS THAT HE SHOULD GAVE MORE RESPECT TO TAYLOR AND ALSO THIS YEAR AMERICAN IDOL WILL LOSE A LOT OF VIEWERS AGAIN BECAUSE THEY SHOULD BE ASHAME OF THEIRSELVES AND TAYLOR WILL BE FINE IN THE LONG RUN. HIS FAN BASE IS BEHIND HIM A 10000%AND WE ARE HERE FOREVER WITH TAYLOR SOULPATROL

  • We already are sick of you

    Simon,
    Duh, rockers have the best chance to sell a lot of songs; country is also very popular. So why not just allow those genres since you don’t seem to understand other genres. You wouldn’t know a musician if she/he bit you.

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