Simon Cowell the British music mogul who left the American Idol judging panel last year has said he thinks Idol is better this year. Idol is said to be attracting an extra 3 million viewers than the previous season and many critics feel the new judges have given the show a new lease of life.
In an interview with Piers Morgan Cowell said he believed the show had more energy than the previous year. ‘I personally think it is a better show than last year,’ Cowell said. ’It feels to me they’ve got their energy back, they’re confident, they’re competitive.’
Cowell is set to bring his own talent show to the US this fall with X Factor.Orignally a highly successful British television show, unlike Idol there is no age limit and the show is open to groups and well as individuals.
Morgan went on to ask Cowell about the latest controversy from Sir Elton John who attacked Cowells talent TV show searches that he believes are filling up the charts and not allowing other talent to grow. John claimed the talent shows actually ‘killed talent’.
Cowells response to the criticism: ‘You know, what you want is people back into stores buying music. I mean, how can that be a bad thing?’ ‘I tell you what, you just made a million dollars off – off your last private gig. ’Go and give it to a bunch of young musicians you care about, put them in the studio. Go and nurture them. Go and spend some time looking after them. Then I’ll buy your argument.
‘They’re only worried about themselves.’ The full interview will air March 14th at 9pm EST on CNN.