Simon Cowell – Most of our focus this year was that we got a better top 12

Simon Cowell conducted a brief press conference with reporter today.   Here are two good recaps from TV Squad and Idol Chatter.   The Jist (my comments are in italics, heh)

  • …Ninety percent of what happened on the show last year was very good. It was a well-produced show. We are completely and utterly reliant on who walks in the door. Most of our focus this year was that we got a better top 12 and more interesting top 12 than we got last year. Hey Simon, at least Nigel had the stones to take responsibility for what happened last year…
  • But then Simon said that the show will strive for a better balance between showcasing mentors and the contestants.   He said that he didn’t think the show let the audience inside the lives of the Season 6 Top 12. No kidding…
  • …There are three or four very strong guys and three or four very strong girls this year. It probably going to be one of the most open (competitions).” YAWN. Typical Simon-Speak.
  • About Fantasia’s brother, who auditioned for the show this year, …Dreadful. He cant sing, and I think Im right in saying this from memory, he was terrible. It was all fantastic until he started singing. Then we disputed the fact that he was Fantasia brother. But didn’t he make it to Hollywood?
  • About Jordin and Blake’s slow sales, …It naturally disappointing they didnt sell more copies or that neither artist has caught on fire. You want something like a Carrie or a Daughtry or a Kelly Clarkson, where theryre competing with the Mariahs and everybody else. Am I surprised? Not particularly. The public decided this year it wasnt necessarily what (it) wanted.
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