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American Idol: Simon Cowell ‘Bored’ By The Singing Competition

May 22, 2010 10:00 AM by Nancy Floyd


This week’s season finale of American Idol will be the last time fans get to see acerbic Brit Simon Cowell on the judging panel. After nine seasons with the FOX singing competition, Cowell will leave Idol to star in another reality talent competition, X Factor. In a recent interview with Oprah Winfrey, Cowell explains why he decided to leave the hit reality singing competition: he was bored! Keep reading for more details…

It seems that Simon Cowell is hoping that his new reality show, X Factor, will bring more excitement into his life. After a nine year tenure on American Idol, Cowell is saying farewell to the show that made him a household name. Fans of the acid-tongued judge can watch him in the fall of 2011 on a new FOX reality competition, X Factor.

The longtime American Idol judge sat down with Oprah Winfrey this week for a candid interview in which he explains why he decided to leave the show. Simply put, the singing competition was a bit of a bore to him! “After awhile, you start to go on automatic pilot,” Cowell told Winfrey. “And there were too many times, Oprah, where I was sitting there bored, and I thought, ‘[At] the end of the day, the audience doesn’t tune in to watch me being bored. They deserve more than that. But I can’t hide it when I’m bored. I just can’t fake it.’”

After nine years on the American Idol judging panel, Simon Cowell admits he was getting drained.  “Maybe it’s the draining effect when you have a lot of people who depend on you … And you just become aware that a lot of people depend on you, rely on you, or you’re not giving people the time you should be giving them,” he said. “It’s almost like a guilt thing. And that does drain me.”

Although he’s leaving Idol for another talent competition, Cowell wants fans to know that X Factor isn’t a carbon copy of American Idol. “It’s different because there’s no upper age limit … Singing groups can enter the show,” he said. “I have no idea whether it’s going to work or not, but I’ll put its success and failure on whether we can find a star.”

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