Simon Cowell to Leave American Idol After This Season to Launch The X Factor

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Simon Cowell has confirmed what most have suspected for a long time – this will be his last season on American Idol.  However, the reason behind it is what makes me scratch my head a bit, as he is planning on bringing the show he launched in Britain, The X Factor, to the U.S. for a 2011 launch.  According to PEOPLE Magazine, he will serve as the executive producer and a judge for the show.  What I don’t understand is why he’s taking his nature sweater and leaving one show for what sounds to be basically the same show, coming to the same network?  Wouldn’t you think he’d want to try something different or, I don’t know, even take a year off since he has a bazillion dollars?  I can’t confirm or deny the bazillion, but it’s definitely in that ball park – somewhere between ridonkulous and absolutely insane.  Here is what says of The X Factor:

The competitions, now held in various countries, pit contestants against each other. These contestants are aspiring pop singers and performers drawn from public auditions. The “X Factor” of the title refers to the undefinable “something” that makes for star quality. The prize is usually a recording contract (in addition to the publicity that appearance in the later stages of the show itself generates, not only for the winner but also for other highly ranked contestants). The format creator is Simon Cowell who also judges and mentors on the UK series. The UK version is responsible for the launch of Shayne Ward, Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke and JLS.

Huh, glad to see he’s branching out.  The obvious question remains:  Will Idol survive without him?  I was the Copywriter and Insider Blogger for and, while that doesn’t make me an expert, I have seen many blog posts and forum threads on that very topic.  And the general consensus always seemed to be that Idol would be seriously lacking without him, and even people who detest him would have to admit that.  No offense against Randy, but who wants the show to rest on his really boring shoulders?  What do you think?



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