Over the weekend Simon Cowell told British paper the Daily Mirror that if he could scratch projects off in either the UK or the USA, he’d scratch them off in the USA, hinting he’d leave American Idol and the USA behind.
“I don’t want to come over as whiny because I am very grateful that I have got these jobs,” he said. “But there is a point where I am not sure we can keep this schedule up.”“Most people do one show a year and I do three and they involve a lot of traveling,” he told the Mirror. “One may have to go … I can’t imagine not doing ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and I can’t imagine not doing ‘X Factor.’ But I guess America is more likely to go because I have got one year under contract. Maybe that will be the end.”
I’d place the odds of that actually happening at zero. American Idol is still the most-watched television show, and especially so among the youth demos. At this point, here in the states, Cowell is synonymous
with American Idol. It does beg the question of whether Idol could survive without Cowell, but I expect we won’t be finding that out next year, or the year after…
For some reason I can’t embed this video, but it’s a clip from one of Cowell’s other gigs, Britain’s Got Talent, and it is…amazing.