Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Simon Cowell Says Goodbye to "Idol"

Posted By on Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 8:36 AM

Right as American Idol is set to begin its ninth season—a two-parter airing tonight and tomorrow night on FOX—judge and co-creator Simon Cowell announced he would be leaving the show at the end of this season.

When Paula Abdul announced she was leaving the show last year, the Interverse reacted with shock and dismay. Would they cancel Idol? FOX crawled out from beneath the pile of millions the show has made, wiped away its tears of laughter and said, "No, of course not. We'll replace her."

They gave comedian and talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres the job and millions of hopeful Carrie Underwoods and Kelly Clarksons breathed a sigh of relief. (Note: No male Idol winner even comes close to those two in terms of album sales. Both Clay Aiken and Adam Lambert have seen some popularity, but neither were winners.)

But replace caustic Cowell? Impossible. They can try, but when two-thirds of an original anything is gone, not much of what made it successful in the first place is left. Randy Jackson, you should probably get your resume in order.

Cowell says he's leaving so he can devote his time to bringing his successful British product The X Factor to the States. Good. That's just what we need. Another talent show. Should You Dance? Can You Sing? Saskatchewan's Got Talent? No, thanks.

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