Simon Cowell was the guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show today.
- Simon is all “blah blah blah the wrong guy won Season 5 blah blah blah” again. He feels popularity won out over talent Taylor Hicks v. Chris Daughtry.
- He thought last year was “just ok” and that if this year hadn’t improved over last, it would have been the end of the show.
- He thinks this year’s cast is the most talented cast ever.
- He says David Archuleta is the front-runner, but don’t rule out Brooke White, David Cook and Jason Castro. He thinks any one of these could win. No mention of Carly Smithson or Michael Johns. Hm.
- He says that when it’s down to the 7 really talented singers of the competition, it’s going to get really good. Right now, he says, he’s “very very happy” with the competition.
- Simon got involved with Oprah’s Big Give. He paid off the mortgage of a family whose young child is going through intense and lengthy cancer treatments. He told the parents that he’ll be the “guardian angel” for their little girl. What a guy!
- He talked a bit about Idol Gives Back.
Click on the jump to watch Oprah’s 3-part interview with Simon. Bonus footage: Simon’s protege Leona Lewis performs “Bleeding Love”.
Thanks Lawrence, for the video!
Simon Cowell interview Pt 1 – Video of him at the Idol studio and he talks about the Idol contestants.
Simon Cowell interview Pt 2 – Heart-wrenching film clip about family dealing with cancer. Simon pays of their mortgage.
Simon Cowell interview Pt 3 – Simon talks about Idol Gives Back.
Leona Lewis performs