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Simon Cowell Says American Idol Isn’t About Keeping Some Stupid Singer In The Competition This Week

April 24, 2007 07:46 AM by Joe Blackmon

Cowell_kidsLast week, American Idol viewers were caught up in Sanjaya mania and
Simon Cowell’s eye movements.  Many were attempting to make Simon
Cowell the next Don Imus over the perception that he rolled his eyes
over American Idol finalist Chris Richardson expressing his sympathy
over the Virginia Tech tragedy.  Video footage cleared Simon Cowell and
showed that all he was guilty of was being a bad listener.  Cowell was
so caught up in Chris Richardson’s claim that he sang nasally on
purpose that he never even heard Chris Richardson’s comments about
Virginia Tech.

After last week’s brush with controversy, it’s only fitting that this week American Idol takes a completely different tone.  According to the American Idol website, “Idol Gives Back” is about changing and saving the lives of young people and children in extreme poverty in both the USA and Africa.  In a media press clip, American Idol judge Simon Cowell described “Idol Gives Back” as “opening your eyes to things that you didn’t know existed.”  Cowell said the show isn’t about making people feel uncomfortable or preaching, but said “it’s simply there are some problems, maybe this show could help a few people, it’s as simple as that.”

Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest visited Africa to see first hand what some of the money raised would be going toward.  According to Malaria No More, malaria kills an African child every 30 seconds.  Cowell said “The amazing thing about malarian children in Africa is how little money you need to save a life.  It’s not thousands of dollars.  It’s something like a dollar, so it’s something that can be eradicated like that.  Very easy to get rid of, and that should not exist today.”

However, the money isn’t just going to helping children in Africa but also to helping those in need in America.  When Simon Cowell was approached about the idea of “Idol Gives Back,” he said he had one condition.  Cowell said “We’ve got to allow American charities to benefit as well, since the show is an American show.  We wouldn’t have done it without that, because there’s people over here who need some help as well, so that was part of the deal.” 

As part of “Idol Gives Back,” Simon Cowell visited a warehouse in downtown L.A. where people supplied groceries to people who didn’t have enough money to feed themselves.  Cowell said “I actually didn’t know these type of places existed or there were these types of problems, and it goes back to my original point which is I think a lot of people along with myself will suddenly realize that there are problems which you may not have known about.”

While Americans vote in mass for their favorite American Idol contestant every week, Simon Cowell pointed out that it was bit different this week.  Cowell said “Well you’re going to see some film clips, and you will actually see who could benefit, when you vote on American Idol this week, so it’s not about keeping some stupid singer in the competition, it’s a bit more important than that this week.”

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10 Responses to “Simon Cowell Says American Idol Isn’t About Keeping Some Stupid Singer In The Competition This Week”

  1. RealityTVLover Says:
    April 24th, 2007 at 8:12 am

    Bravo to Simon for insisting that an American charity benefit as well as the African charity!

  2. brianne Says:
    April 24th, 2007 at 11:19 am

    i agree with Simon. It’s great that so many people/celebrities try to help out in Africa because i know they need it, but so many seem to forget that there are problems with homelessness/starvation/AIDS,etc. here too. So it’s nice to see someone trying to help all of them out too.

  3. HILTON FRANS Says:
    April 24th, 2007 at 1:42 pm

    South Africa says thank you to Simon Cowell and his team for all their efforts for Africa AND AMERICA WHERE THERE ARE POOR PEOPLE TOO.

  4. HILTON FRANS Says:
    April 24th, 2007 at 1:45 pm

    South Africa says thank you to Simon Cowell and his team for all their efforts for Africa AND AMERICA WHERE THERE ARE POOR PEOPLE TOO.

  5. HILTON FRANS Says:
    April 24th, 2007 at 1:45 pm

    South Africa says thank you to Simon Cowell and his team for all their efforts for Africa AND AMERICA WHERE THERE ARE POOR PEOPLE TOO.

  6. C Says:
    April 24th, 2007 at 2:41 pm

    ((However, the money isn’t just going to helping children in Africa but also to helping those in need in America.))

    Can you imagine the American UPRISAL over this if AMERICAN Idol did NOT do this for America, too?????

    ((so it’s not about keeping some stupid singer in the competition))

    This remark was uncalled for – There are other ways to say what is said here without calling them STUPID singers.

    ….my opinion

  7. JIM MACKEY Says:
    April 24th, 2007 at 2:50 pm

    I think it is absolutely fantastic that this is for both Africa and America..There are people on both continents that need out help and resources to keep living. As for the stupid singers remark, i think Simon was thinking 20/20 hingsight that if he and the other judges had not let someone go further than he was capable of doing earlier, and then having Stern and others make a mockery of AI with their website, maybe some of the more talented singers who were cast off would still be there competing and making this a lot more interesting.

  8. Anonymous Says:
    April 24th, 2007 at 5:44 pm

    Stern … shmern! Baloney!

  9. Tanning Lotion Says:
    April 25th, 2007 at 1:10 am

    It is getting to the nitty gritty. I wonder who is gone tomorrow. I would have thought it was Phil but he seems to hang on. He is liable to make the final 3.

  10. Indoor Tanning lotion Says:
    April 25th, 2007 at 1:11 am

    I love American Idol. It is the greatest show on TV right now.

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