“Did you really believe you could become the American Idol? Well, then, you’re deaf.”
Simon Cowell’s role as Satan’s advocate on American Idol will be coming to an end shortly. As will his endless string of abusive comments and quips, which have eclipsed his brief, laser-like moments of adoration. His unpredictable self-guided spotlight of praise illuminates only a chosen few. But, oh, those lucky few!
“I actually wish you had forgotten the lyrics, because it was such a pointless performance.”
In February, he predicted that Crystal Bowersox would win the American Idol title. Back then, Cowell said, “I tell you who I like, I like this girl Crystal. When I first saw her, I described her as a busker, and I liked the way she handled that, because she admitted that’s what she was. But she’s got some confidence now. She was ill, she’s got over that, she’s got a great voice. She’s different. I like her.”
Now, in May, he has changed his mind to Lee DeWyze. His predictions have been spot on in the past and if he hasn’t been able to choose, he will, smartly, say so.
Just before the Season six finale of American Idol, Cowell was asked about his predictions for Blake Lewis and Jordin Sparks. Cowell told Reuters reporters, “I can’t call it at this stage. For Blake, he’s a brilliant entertainer, but the negative is he’s not a fantastic singer. The advantage for Jordin is she is a great singer and the negative is she hasn’t done one performance yet which I can remember as a ‘wow.”‘
“That was terrible, I mean just awful.”
The rumor mill has continued to spin storied webs of deception regarding Simon Cowell’s song choices, production preferences and predictions. For example, Cowell’s choice of song for Lee, Hallelujah, according to many experts, put him into the lead. New York Daily News writer, Soraya Roberts says of Lee DeWyze’s performance, “At the end of the performance, the crowd stood up and Simon bestowed an ‘I told you so’ look upon his fellow judges. Randy praised Simon for his song choice…” This post-performance love-fest, although rare, is not unusual.
“Utterly horrendous. I’m being serious. Honestly, it was as bad as anything we see at the beginning of ‘American Idol’ where all the terrible singers come on.”
A few lucky performers have had their seconds in Cowell’s spotlight. But, then again, what would the show be like if glowing praise was heaped on all who dared to audition?
In Simon Cowell’s inimitable way, he has chiseled away at American Idol over the past nine seasons. Each cutting barb meticulously sculpting the show we’ve all come to know and, sometimes, love.
“If I said to most of the people who auditioned,” said Cowell, “‘Good job, awesome, well done,’ it would have made me actually look and feel ridiculous. It’s quite obvious most of the people who turned up for this audition were hopeless. “