August 30, 2009 03:00 PM by Britteny Elrick
Neil Patrick Harris sat down with EW.com after flying to Dallas for his appearance as a guest judge on American Idol.Â He talked about how he got the gig andÂ what it was like working with Simon Cowell.Â Keep reading for more details…
When asked how he scored the Idol gig, Neil responded, “Well, Iâ€™m friendly with Kara. I went and saw a couple American IdolÂ tapings last season. I really just wanted to go to the first three (shows with) 12 kids at the beginning. Thatâ€™s my favorite part. Thatâ€™s when theyâ€™re green; theyâ€™re new to the camera. Theyâ€™re not so confident. Thatâ€™s where I think you can tell the most about them.”
Apparently, Kara had texted Neil while he was in the middle of a Playboy shoot and asked him to hop on a plane.Â “And I said there was no way I could do it â€” we had a whole run-through yesterday.”Â After several of his directors said that they thought he should do it, he was surprised.Â â€œOh. Really? I was kind of hoping for a no. It would have made life a lot easier. I could go home and take a nap,”Â he said.Â Â
So how was it working with the infamous Simon?Â Â ”I was more than a little intimidated by Mr. Cowell. Itâ€™s his show, you know, so when youâ€™re on that panel, I was wondering if itâ€™s impolite to disagree with him, on a business level. He could wander over to the producer and whisper something and youâ€™re suddenly gone and Joe Jonas is back. But I asked him, ‘Is it okay if I disagree with you?’ And he said, ‘Yes, do whatever you want. The one thing that you should know is that weâ€™re totally winging it. We have no idea whatâ€™s going on. We have no idea what weâ€™re doing here. We just judge the people as we see them,’” he added.Â
You can read Neil’s entire interview at EW.com.
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