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X Factor’s Simon Cowell: ‘I Think I’ll Be a Good Dad’

My number one fear is being bored,” says Simon Cowell. “I’d rather jump off a bridge than retire and play golf.” With the third season of The X Factor under way, a booming music and television company to look after and a baby due this winter, Cowell’s competitive spirit keeps him anything but blasé.



Cowell spoke to Parade about fatherhood, his favorite X-Factor and Idol judges, and what he was like as a kid.





Here are the highlights:


What are you most looking forward to about fatherhood?
I’m not brilliant with babies. I never know what to do. But [once he’s older] I think I’ll be a good dad in terms of advice. And then I’ll get to do all the things I want to do, like go to Disneyland or Universal Studios, teach him how to drive—I love all that.
What kind of music will you play for him?
He’ll listen to whatever I listen to and make his own choices. It’s funny—my mom played Frank Sinatra when I was a kid, and because he was her choice, I used to hate it; but I love Sinatra now. He always looked like he was having fun and he didn’t conform. That’s probably why I’ve got pictures of him all over my house!
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I love animals and cartoons. I pretty much like everything I liked as a kid—the same foods and TV programs. I still watch Scooby-Doo. I never grew up.
You’ve worked alongside many judges over the years. Who’s been the most fun?
Paula [Abdul] and Randy [Jackson] were hilarious on American Idol. We had such a great time in the early years. I like working with Demi [Lovato, on The X Factor]. We bicker, and it’s like having a bratty younger sister, but she’s got a great heart.
When it comes to criticisms, you’re the master. Were you always like that?
I was lippy as a kid. I couldn’t keep my mouth shut. I was always getting into trouble with my parents and in school, finding things funny that shouldn’t be. I couldn’t go to weddings or church because I would just lose it.

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"I Just Can’t Do That," Simon Cowell Rules Out American Idol Comeback

Reality TV talent show boss Simon Cowell has ruled out ever returning to American Idol, revealing at the press conference for the new season of the X Factor USA that he wouldn’t be able to go back to the show.

The media mogul, whose private life has been the centre of attention ever since it was reported that he is going to be a dad, is quoted by E! News as saying:

“I can’t imagine either scenario! I can’t. I just can’t do that. No. Somebody well-known once said to me, ‘Know when to leave the fair.’

“And this [X Factor] is a new generation type of show. It’s got to build. And most importantly, if you make great TV shows, people will watch them. I feel reallycomfortable with the girls and I think this is going to be the best show.”

The media mogul managed to dodge questions about the allegations that he is to become a dad, and also spoke to press about some of the changes that have been made to the season this year which includes Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio on the panel who replaced Britney Spears and L.A. Reid.

Revealing that the prize money  for the X Factor USA has decreased from $5 million to $1 million, Simon was keen to insist that the winner of the show this year will still land a recording contract with Sony and will still be “a number one priority”.

Speaking at the Television Critic’s Association event, TV Line reported the media mogul who managed to dodge questions about the rumours of fatherhood, saying:

“[The winner will receive] $1million, still get a recording contract with Sony and become a number one priority.”

Speaking about what the production of the show will look like this season, Rob Wade, executive producer commented to ETOnline:

“We love production and don’t want to lost production on the show, but it’s something you’ll see gradually build up over the weeks.

“This way the contestants’ journey to being – and looking like – a superstar will happen slowly over the weeks now.”

The new season of the show which sees Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio appear as judges on the show alongside returning judge Demi Lovato and Simon, will no longer feature boot camp or the judges house round. Instead, the judges will discuss the acts until the correct amount is in each category, according to TV Line.

American Idol Loses Nicki Minaj And Mariah Carey, Keith Urban’s Fate Still Unclear

Following weeks of rumors, it has been confirmed that Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey are leaving after one season of serving on the American Idol judge’s panel. Both women announced the news Thursday on Twitter.

“Thank you American Idol for a life-changing experience,” Minaj wrote. “Wouldn’t trade it for the world! Time to focus on the music! Muah!”

Carey’s PR firm wrote: “W/ global success of “#Beautiful” (#1 in 30+ countries so far) @MariahCarey confirms world tour & says goodbye 2 Idol.”

Fox and FremantleMedia also confirmed Carey’s departure in a joint statement. “Mariah Carey is a true global icon — one of the most accomplished artists on the planet — and we feel extremely fortunate that she was able to bring her wisdom and experience to the ‘American Idol’ contestants this season. We know she will remain an inspiration to ‘Idol’ hopefuls for many seasons to come,” the statement said.

The news comes three weeks after veteran judge Randy Jackson said he was leaving after 12 seasons so he could focus on other work. That leaves only Keith Urban’s fate to be decided. The country singer joined Idol at the same time as Minaj and Carey. Earlier this week he told the Associated Press that he had “no official information” about the next season.

“I’m pretty much in the same boat as everybody else here with the rumors that have been floating around. I don’t know anything more about what’s happening next season. It was like this before I signed on . . . so it’s not unusual for the Idol folks to be in this place of figuring out what they want to do, then they always pull it together,” he said.

One of the rumors surrounding the Idol shakeup is American Idol alums joining the judge’s panel. The front runners are rumored to be Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken and Adam Lambert.

Keith Urban: I Have No Information On My American Idol Fate

Keith Urban is still unsure if his American Idol journey will continue. The country singer admits he is in the “same boat” with fans when it comes to knowing anything about the season 13 judge’s panel.

“I have no official information of anything. I’m pretty much in the same boat as everybody else here with the rumors that have been floating around,” he told the Associated Press in an interview on Tuesday. “I don’t know anything more about what’s happening next season. It was like this before I signed on . . . so it’s not unusual for the Idol folks to be in this place of figuring out what they want to do, then they always pull it together.”

Earlier this month, Urban said he would love to return to the judge’s panel. “I would. I mean, I literally enjoy coming to work every day, and that’s a rarity,” he said.

Urban appeared on season 12 along with Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson. Jackson announced his departure earlier this month.

Among the many rumors surrounding the Idol shakeup is American Idol alum Jennifer Hudson signing on as a judge. Idol bosses reportedly plan to approach season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson next, and either season 2 runner up Clay Aiken or season 8 runner up Adam Lambert.

American Idol Bosses Want Justin Bieber And Selena Gomez As Judges

American Idol’s lagging ratings has producers planning to replace Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and Keith Urban with a “dream team” of new judges, according to RadarOnline.com. Their ideal team allegedly consists Justin Bieber, Pink, Selena Gomez and Diddy.

“It’s been a lackluster season for Idol and everyone involved with the show is well aware of it so that’s why producers are frantically working on lining up big name stars for season 14,” an insider tells Radar.

“The judges don’t have real chemistry, and there’s no real standout contestant,” explains the source. “That’s why they want to go big next season, and you can’t get any bigger than Justin Bieber. The executives are calling it their dream team because who wouldn’t tune in to see Justin and Selena, Pink and Diddy? Pink has been approached in the past and turned it down as well as Diddy, who wanted too much money. It will cost a fortune to get them, but the show has gotten so stale that Fox is desperate for a revamp – they’re willing to pay to put Idol back on top.”

Minaj, Carey and Urban have not commented on the rumors. Jackson confirmed his departure on Thursday in a statement to Us Weekly magazine. “Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of judging on American Idol I have decided it is time to leave after this season,” he said. “I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry. It’s been a life changing opportunity, but I am looking forward to focusing on my company Dream Merchant 21 and other business ventures.”

Idol made its debut in 2002 with Jackson, Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul as judges. Abdul left the show in 2009 and Cowell left in 2010.

American Idol Bosses To Sack All 4 Judges

Thanks to waning ratings, a big shake up is reportedly coming to American Idol. Insiders claim show bosses plan to sack all of the judges – including Randy Jackson, the last remaining original judge. Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe is also allegedly on the chopping block

“All four are gone,” the source tells The Wrap of Jackson, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban.

Bosses hope the shake up will bring viewers back. “They feel they’ve lost their core audience and they want it back,” says the insider.

Another change in the works is a cutback on hefty pay checks — new judges won’t receive anything near Carey’s reported $18 million a year or Minaj’s $12 million a year. “No more big checks for divas,” adds the source.

No comment has been made by Fox or reps for Jackson, Minaj, Carey and Urban. The next American Idol winner will be crowned next week. The three finalists are Kree Harrison, Angie Miller and Candice Glover.

Katy Perry Wins Award For Charity

Pop star Katy Perry was honored for her charity work at a gala in her hometown on Friday night.

The I Kissed a Girl hitmaker was among the honorees at the Celebration of Dreams Gala in Santa Barbara, California, hosted by the Dream Foundation at the Bacara Resort & Spa.

Perry, who grew up in Santa Barbara, was presented with an award for her work raising awareness of the charity, which helps grant wishes for families facing life-threatening illness.

American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe was also honored at the event and other famous guests included Glee star Jane Lynch and actress Marcia Gay Harden.

Popular TV Shows like American Idol and the X Factor Create an Increased Market Demand for Karaoke Equipment

KTS Karaoke, an online karaoke equipment retailer, will guarantee a price match for any competitor stores on all karaoke music and equipment.

Ever since popular TV shows, like American Idol and now the X Factor, inspired young Americans to become singers. This consequently revived the karaoke industry and created a buzz about high quality karaoke equipment. The inspiration was from the fact that anyone can have a million dollar signing contract for winning one of these contests caused quite a commotion for the music industry, and also the karaoke industry. Online karaoke businesses saw a huge increase in karaoke equipment sales and with karaoke CDs and DVDs. It seems young Americans are using karaoke machines to practice, or at least experience, what it would be like to go on stage and sing to your favorite songs.

Due to this increase in karaoke equipment sales KTS Karaoke, an online karaoke equipment retailer, has announced that they will guarantee a price match with any competitors that sell for a lower listed price on karaoke music or karaoke equipment. KTS Karaoke is known for having the most popular karaoke songs and equipment, like the Entertech Magic Sing Microphones, sold at the very best price you can find. Not only will they price match any competitor product listing, but they will also beat that price by an additional 1%. With those low price guarantee’s, there would not be a better reason to go online and shop at http://www.ktskaraoke.com. If you are interested in saving even more money, you can sign up for a monthly subscription plan. With the plan KTS Karaoke will automatically send you the monthly popular hits CDG set for Pop and Country genres at a reduced price.

The popular TV shows are generating such a large interest in karaoke that there are now American Idol karaoke video games and karaoke systems. Nielson ratings have the show estimated at 29 million viewers each week on peak nights. A lot of the younger generation viewers are inspired by the contestants and want to experience that same feeling, which is what local karaoke clubs have been doing for a long time. Knowing that, it is no wonder why the karaoke industry has been reignited in America, and sales continue to rise. Karaoke is a great way to get together and have fun with your entire family, which is a valuable experience in today’s society.

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Nicki Minaj: ‘Carey is Stirring up Controversy’

Rapper Nicki Minaj is going on the offensive after her rivalAmerican Idol judge Mariah Carey went public with her fears about her safety following an argument on Tuesday.

The two new judges were filming an audition in Charlotte, North Carolina when they became embroiled in a huge argument over a contestant, with the Starships hitmaker unleashing a furious, foul-mouthed tirade at Carey.

Footage of the fall-out has since leaked online and reports suggest Minaj continued her rant as she walked off set, and allegedly raged, “If I had a gun I would shoot her (Carey).”

Idol’s executive producer Nigel Lythgoe has insisted the death threat story is “absolute rubbish”, but Carey went on to fan the flames of the controversy by sharing her side of events in a phone call with veteran broadcaster Barbara Walters on Thursday.

In the chat, which Walters recanted on The View, the Hero icon admitted she was beefing up her security for her own protection because, “Nicki is unpredictable”.

Now Minaj is firing back over what she believes is nothing but a pitiful PR stunt and she has aired her feelings on her Twitter.com blog, accusing Carey of playing up the incident to gain public sympathy.

Addressing her fans, who she affectionately calls barbz, the hip-hop star insists she never threatened Carey and is adamant the media has turned on her because of rap stereotypes.

She sarcastically writes, “Hey yAll. Lets (sic) just say nicki said smthn (something) about a gun. ppl (people) will believe it cuz (sic) she’s a black rapper… I’ll then hit up Barbara n (and) milk it… Ironically no camera or mic heard the gun comment tho (though)… Not even the producers believed u. Say no to violence barbz…”

Minaj goes on to accuse Carey of stirring up the controversy after reportedly becoming jealous of the rapper’s popularity with producers: “I don’t call (gossip website) tmz n Barbara Walters cuz I stand on my own two feet. Never needed an army. God is good. Insecurity is as cruel as the grave. I guess it hurts 2 have the producers tell u to ur face that nicki is the best judge we’ve had since simon (Cowell, former judge). Awww, poor u. Keep them lies cmn (coming)”.

And she’s upset Carey aired her feelings in public after appearing to clear the air with Minaj on Wednesday.

She adds, “Tried to keep quiet but let’s go!!!! I thought we resolved it yesterday but I see u want ur pity party to continue… All I do is compliment u. That’s not enuff (enough)? Ur a legend, cheer up. U don’t have to run down ur resume or feel intimidated (sic).”

Ryan Seacrest Talks “Intense” Fight Between Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey

On his radio show Wednesday, American Idol host Ryan Seacrest admitted new judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey got involved in an “intense” fight Tuesday at the Charlotte, North Carolina auditions. TMZ reports Tuesday’s drama prompted producers to end auditions early.

“It got heated between Nicki and Mariah. It was intense! I’ll be honest with you . .. It went far last night. It did get intense,” he said.

Seacrest defend both Minaj and Carey. “[There’s] nothing wrong with disagreeing . . . That’s gonna happen, and it’s okay,” he said.

“These are all very different individuals with different perspectives and different opinions that provide for interesting conversation and dialogue and feedback for the contestants,” he added.

In TMZ’s footage of the incident it appears Minaj felt disrespected by something Carey said. Veteran judge Randy Jackson pleads with the pair to calm down while Keith Urban avoids getting involved. “Think I’m playin? Think this sh*t is a f*cking joke? Think it’s a joke? Think it’s a joke? Think it’s a joke? Say one more disrespectful thing to me, if you say one more disrespectful thing to me — off with your head!” Minaj snaps.

“I am not being disrespectful,” Carey insists.

“Don’t tell me I’m insecure, don’t tell me I’m inadequate … you gonna get sent [inaudible] just fall back; don’t … you don’t know [inaudible] I don’t feel inadequate. You’re the insecure one sittin’ up there running down her resume every five minutes,” Minaj continues. “Every time you take a shot at me I’ma take it back, and if you gotta f*cking problem then handle it. I told them, I’m not f*cking putting up with your f*cking highness over there … figure it the f*ck out. Figure it out.”

“Whyyyy, whhyyyyy… do I have a 3-year-old sitting around me?” Carey says.