Choosing Perez Hilton to replace Simon Cowell on American Idol would be just a big fat bad idea. But apparently Simon Cowell doesn’t think it would be a bad idea. Read what he says about that and Paula, his rumored fights with Ellen and more after the jump.
Simon Cowell spoke with USA Today about various things, including who would be a good replacement for him on Idol. And let me just say, if Pretzel becomes a judge, I will boycott the show. Just sayin’. Check out the highlights of the interview below.
via USA Today
On if Howard Stern or Perez Hilton would be a fitting replacement: I know Howard’s name has been in there for a while, but I’m fairly certain there hasn’t been an approach at any time for Howard to do the show. Perez would be funny. He’s got good taste in music, he’s a personality — that could work.
On why Ellen was a good choice: She actually is very responsible for people she has performing on her own show – I know that for a fact because I’ve dealt with her as a record label. And she loves music.
On what he misses most about Paula: Paula’s my friend, amazingly even though we used to argue a lot. She was somebody I just got very close to. Over the years, we’d hang out together after the show. She always made me laugh, and I always thought she was funny. It’s like not having your friend on the show anymore, so I do miss her.
On what kind of person should replace him: You’ve got to be good-looking. [Laughs] Secondly, I think you’ve just got to know what you’re talking about. More and more now I’m starting to realize with these shows is that we have to put people on the shows who actually know what they’re talking about. Rather than guessing, they’ve really got to have experience so that you can not just criticize – you can offer constructive advice as well.
On how much experience in the music industry is necessary for an American Idol judge: I think it’s really important. When we first started, we had a record producer [Randy Jackson], an artist [Abdul] and an A&R man, so you’ve covered pretty much everything you need to do. I would say somebody who’s had managerial experience is always very helpful. In simplistic terms, it’s like if you judge ice skating at the Olympics: If you’re going to give a score, you genuinely need to know what you’re talking about. Over the years, judges have been replaced by personalities. That in the long term will create problems because you’ve got to be able to spot a star. So for whoever replaces me, my advice has always been find somebody who actually knows what they’re talking about and has actually experienced success in the music business. Howard doesn’t seem to fit any of those criteria. [Laughs] He’s played records — maybe that’s a good qualification. He obviously wants the job. Good luck to him.
On the whole nation thinking he’s irreplaceable: It’s very, very flattering, and I really do appreciate it. But the show goes on, and I’m going to feel sad when it all ends. It’s much nicer to be popular than unpopular, so I do appreciate it.
Quite frankly, I am going to miss Simon and I am interested to see who WILL replace Simon…but gawd help me, it better NOT be Perez.