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.
World-renowned choreographer and two-time Emmy Award winner Paula Abdul will join Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and FOX Sports broadcaster Erin Andrews as a guest judge on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE tomorrow night, Tuesday, July 9 (8:00-10:00 PM live ET/ tape-delayed PT), on FOX. Abdul will lend her expertise to critique and praise the dancers as they battle it out to remain in the competition.
In tomorrow night’s all-new episode, the competition continues when the Top 18 finalists – Jasmine Mason and Alan Bersten; Mariah Spears and “BluPrint”; Makenzie Dustman and Paul Karmiryan; Hayley Erbert and Curtis Holland; Amy Yakima and “Fik-Shun”; Alexis Juliano and Nico Greetham; Jasmine Harper and Aaron Turner; Jenna Johnson and Tucker Knox; and Malece Miller and Jade Zuberi – compete once again for America and the judges, including guest judges Andrews and Abdul.
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.
ABC has announced that Paula Abdul will join the dance-competition show as a special guest judge on Monday, October 15. Abdul, whose own show Live To Dance fizzled on CBS, will join judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba for one night to critique the remaining All-Star couples on their dance routines. Dancing With the Stars has struggled with ratings this season as the show brought back celebrities from previous shows, including Bristol Palin and Kirstie Alley.
Entertainer Paula Abdul poses with Minnie Mouse Feb. 14, 2012 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. For the day, Minnie Mouse wore her special “Valentine’s Day” dress, with white hearts replacing her usual white polka dots. (Gene Duncan, photographer)
Paula Abdul confirmed in a statement Tuesday she is out as an X Factor judge. The singer and former American Idol judge said she holds no hard feelings towards close friend Simon Cowell, who produces the show and stars as a judge.
“Yes, it’s true; I won’t be returning to The X Factor next season. I’ve learned through my longevity in this industry that business decisions often times override personal considerations. Simon and I, along with Fox and Freemantle, have been communicating about this for a while now, and I have absolute understanding of the situation,” Abdul said in a statement.
“Simon is, and will remain, a dear friend of mine, and I’ve treasured my experience working this past season with my extended family at Fox and Fremantle,” the 49-year-old said. “I want nothing more than for The X Factor to exceed ALL of their wildest dreams. This truly has been a blessing and I am most grateful.”
Cowell, 52, has not commented. He and LA Reid are the only original cast members set to appear on season 2. On Monday it was confirmed host Steve Jones and judge Nicole Scherzinger were leaving The X Factor.
US ‘X Factor’ boss Simon Cowell has thanked judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul and host Steve Jones after they were axed from the show.
The show boss paid tribute to the trio after they were dropped from the series and wished them success in their careers – but he also announced plans to work with Paula on another project in the “near future”.
The music mogul said in a statement: “I want to say a massive thank you to Paula, Nicole and Steve for being part of ‘The X Factor’ last year. We had a lot of fun making the show together and importantly, we found some real talent and stars.
“You do develop friendships with the people you work with and Paula, in particular, is a very close friend and I expect to be working with her on another project in the near future.
“I’m sure all three are going to have massive success in what they do next, but now is the time to thank them all for everything they did last year.”
Following Simon’s statement, Nicole took to her twitter account to confirm she will not be returning to the US version of the show and she now plans to create “great music” in 2012.
She tweeted: “I wanted to let you know directly from me that it’s true I won’t be returning to ‘The X Factor’. Looking forward to an exciting year ahead and making great music and more! I’m grateful for the love you always give me.”
Earlier today (31.01.12), Paula confirmed she is leaving the show and Steve Jones expressed his disappointment at being given the chop from the next series.
He wrote on twitter: “I wont be hosting next seasons X Factor which is a shame but I cant complain as I’ve had a great time. Good luck to everyone on the show. (sic)”
Simon Cowell is reportedly making major changes to The X Factor. Reports indicate the former American Idol judge has decided to axe Paula Abdul along with Nicole Scherzinger and Steve Jones. Jones confirmed his departure from the show on Monday and a Fox spokesperson confirmed Scherzinger’s exit, but rumors about Abdul’s status as an X Factor judge have not been addressed.
Cowell invited Abdul to join the judge’s panel along with himself, Scherzinger and LA Reid after she left American Idol in 2009. “I missed her the second she left (Idol). Always loved working with her even though she can be a pain. I don’t know what it is about her, but I’ve always clicked with her. You just have to get that chemistry, and she’s right. I’ve never found anyone better than her,” he said at the time.
Neither Cowell nor Abdul has commented. The first season of The X Factor wrapped up last December with Melanie Amaro being declared the winner. The second season will premiere this fall.
Simon Cowell will be spending Christmas alone this year. With all of Simon’s X-Factor madness, it doesn’t sound like he’s had much time to work on his relationship with fiancée Mezhgan Hussainy.
There have been rumors about a split between the 52 year-old music mogul and his makeup artist fiancée for months now, but the two have not confirmed a breakup.
However, Simon’s recent comments that he has considered having sex with his co- X-factor judge Paula Abdull probably haven’t helped his relationship with his fiancé much…
Simon and Paula have been suspected of being a little TOO close for a while now. The pair are often spotted cuddling and flirting during red carpet events and while on-air!
Simon says that he never went through with sleeping with Paula though, because he, “doesn’t think the after would be as good as the before.”
Well we don’t think your time AFTER the X-Factor this season will be as fun as the before… All alone, it could be a blue Christmas for you!
X Factor judges picked the top 32 contestants on Thursday’s episode. The group was split in to four smaller groups: The Girls, The Boys, Groups and Over 30s. Each group will be mentored by a judge.
The finalists are:
The Girls: Mentored By Simon Cowell
The Boys: Mentored by LA Reid
Groups: Mentored by Paula Abdul
The Brewer Boys
Over 30s: Mentored by Nicole Scherzinger