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Simon Cowell Talks ‘American Idol’ And Katy Perry

Jack Tomas

Jack Tomas


In the annals of reality TV talent competition shows, American Idol stands out as THE show that popularized the genre. I remember that first season in which Kelly Clarkson won and how the entire world was glued to their TV sets. A big part of that success was Simon Cowell’s grumpy demeanor and his constant bickering with Paula Abdul.

Sometimes TV, film, or music producers really tap directly into the zeitgeist with an idea and it explodes into something huge. That’s what happened with American Idol. Simon initially got into it because he thought it would be a good way to find acts for his record label. Not only would that little gamble pay of huge dividends but American Idol would make him a household name. In the above video he describes to Harvey Levin on OBJECTified how he got into the show, why he created the mean judge persona, his relationship with Paula Abdul, and why he left.

It’s hard today with the amount of channels and streaming services and YouTube to imagine anything ever being as much as a cultural phenomenon as American Idol was in the beginning.

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