Entertainment Weekly named Simon Cowell one of the magazine’s 15 favorite entertainers of this past decade.
His best decision? “To put another music show on — when I did ‘X Factor.’ I didn’t want to be tied down to one format. I was told by everyone that it couldn’t work. Once that became a hit, I had the confidence to launch a third show, which was ‘Got Talent.’ ”
His worst? The “Scary Movie 3″ cameo. “I’ll never forget the premiere and dying in my seat when the movie came on. I’ve never been so embarrassed in my life.”
He joined Johnny Depp, Tina Fey, Peter Jackson (”Lord of the Rings”), Jon Stewart, Oprah Winfrey, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, J.K. Rowling, Sarah Jessica Parker and the women of Sex and the City, Pixar’s John Lasseter, Will Smith, J.J. Abrams (”Lost,” “Alias,” “Fringe”), Steve Jobs and Meryl Streep. That’s estimable company.
EW also named 100 great movies, TV shows, albums, books, characters, scenes, episodes, songs, dresses, music videos and trends of the decade, all sort of mashed together. “American Idol” came in No. 9 (between “The Daily Show” and “Brokeback Mountain”). No. 66: “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson. No. 85: Jennifer Hudson in “Dreamgirls.”
ABC is not a totally Lambert-free zone. Barbara Walters already had Adam Lambert for this week’s 2009 most fascinating people special. She’s nabbing him for “The View,” too, on Thursday in a pre-taped interview. This is after GMA, Kimmel and New Year’s Rockin’ Eve cancelled on him, post AMA.