Simon Cowell is leaving American Idol this season. Because Simon Cowell is leaving American Idol, this will be his last season as an Idol judge, which will give him more time to focus on other endeavors. One of those projects that Simon Cowell will work on instead of American Idol is his new talent search show that will launch in 2011. His new show is called The X Factor, and seems a lot like America’s Got Talent which airs in the U.S. during the summer months. What will make The X Factor different than other reality competition shows like American Idol and America’s Got Talent has yet to be revealed by Simon Cowell, but we can expect more information in the near future.
The fact that Simon Cowell is leaving American Idol is a big shock to fans of the show that have stuck with it for the first eight seasons. As the ninth season of American Idol gets ready to air its season premiere on Tuesday, this shocking news will definitely overshadow any other American Idol news for the moment. Simon Cowell is really the anchor of American Idol, and it’s quite difficult to picture how this show will be able to move forward without Simon Cowell in the judge’s seat. It seems like they will be loaded up with people looking to give positive thoughts to the contestants on the show, and it is clear that American Idol could really suffer without the personality of Simon Cowell at the table.
American Idol is still the top show on television, even after eight full seasons of airing on Fox. It has seen the overall ratings slip just a tad in the past couple of years, but American Idol is still way out in front as the most watched show on television. Judge Paula Abdul couldn’t reach a contract agreement with American Idol this past summer, and as a result ended up walking away from the show. New judge Ellen DeGeneres will replace her on the show when American Idol moves to its top 36 again this season, but it’s already a pretty big change for the show. Now with the announcement that Simon Cowell is leaving American Idol it means that the show may go in a completely new direction once again.
It had seemed like four judges were too many to have at the table last season, and when Paula Abdul announced that she was leaving it seemed that they could get back into the groove of just having three judges. Then the announcement came that Ellen DeGeneres would be joining the show, and once again Idol will have a packed judges table. It’s unclear where American Idol sees itself in a couple of years, but without Simon Cowell this show is going to look and feel completely different than it does this season. To the fans of American Idol, make sure you enjoy this season, because it could be the last gasp for this show in the end.