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Simon Cowell: he doesn’t mind leaking news if it suits his purposes

281x211Simon Cowell, that rascal. He freely admitted to the Huffington Post that his company leaked out names of anybody they’ve actually talked to e.g. Nicki Minaj, Jessica Simpson and of course, Paula Abdul. And he raved about his first pick L.A. Reid, of course.

The media have got it because our company leaks any information — if we meet anybody, the whole world knows about it. But I don’t have a problem with that.

And what does he think of Rebecca Black, whose song “Friday” has become a viral sensation the past few days. (Yes, watch it, listen to the lyrics and the auto-tuning and you’ll be amused to. And the song will wedge itself in your brain forever.) In about a week, it has drawn 35 million views on YouTube and 250,000 comments.

Cowell: I wish her all the success in the world, this girl. She hasn’t done anything wrong. She posted her song on the internet, people reacted to it very quickly, they either liked it or hated it, but for her, I’d call that a high class problem. I mean, she’s going to be at a hundred million views by the end of the week. That’s the world you live in now, people have got opinions. And I think when you’re in a situation where you polarize people, I think sometimes, that’s when you become hug.

It’s a great interview. Definitely read it.

75 comments Add your comment

Mercedes S.

March 23rd, 2011
6:48 am

Re the Rebecca girl: It’s Wednesday, Wednesday…
Morning!

Highlander

March 23rd, 2011
7:25 am

Second! …But I try harder!

Morning to all. No one can accuse Simon of not being media savvy.

Although I don’t know if I agree with that last statement – “And I think when you’re in a situation where you polarize people, I think sometimes, that’s when you become hug.”

Maybe ‘little pat on the head’, but not hug! :wink:

Highlander

March 23rd, 2011
7:29 am

Okay, so maybe I didn’t try so hard with that. What can I say? I’m knackered!

Deirdre

March 23rd, 2011
7:51 am

Morning!

Simon and Nigel seem to be hitting the internet in a kind of duel. Should be interesting.

Deirdre

March 23rd, 2011
7:53 am

Harriett

March 23rd, 2011
8:12 am

Morning! Just a quick “hello” before my day gets busy again. Maybe I will have time to stop back by. Hoping for a great show tonight. I thought Neg’s picks were pretty good, too,

Later.

Mercedes S.

March 23rd, 2011
8:19 am

Thank you D.! Saw the girl on recorded Jay Leno this am. Can’t believe Rebecca’s just 13.

Deirdre

March 23rd, 2011
8:33 am

The show is tonight and it’s about time. The new schedule makes me feel more like Idol has been preempted on Tuesday night. I guess after watching nine seasons on Tuesday night, it is hard to adjust to waiting until Wed. And with no spoilers to get out snarky juices flowing, I think this day change may be a problem.

Rickster™ © ®

March 23rd, 2011
8:36 am

And speaking of suits… that’s a pretty sharp one Simon’s wearing! :-)

Rickster™ © ®

March 23rd, 2011
8:37 am

And if the company “leaks” it… is it really a leak? Or is it a press release?

A leak is something that’s done without the permission of higher ups.

Rickster™ © ®

March 23rd, 2011
8:38 am

Deirdre

March 23rd, 2011
8:39 am

A leak is unofficial….I think that’s the logic Simon is using.

Deirdre

March 23rd, 2011
8:40 am

Simon strikes me as a “my way or the highway” kinda guy.

Ben Lurkin

March 23rd, 2011
9:03 am

Rickster-Even looking on my phone, I thank you!

Mercedes S.

March 23rd, 2011
9:09 am

A great movie star and a great humanitarian. Elizabeth Taylor 1932-2011.

Sam-A

March 23rd, 2011
9:20 am

ET’s health has been bad for so long, it was inevitable. Sad for her family.

Deirdre

March 23rd, 2011
9:25 am

Elizabeth Taylor was the definition of “movie star”. What a life she led!

Rickster™ © ®

March 23rd, 2011
9:41 am

I still remember the description Garry Trudeau gave her in a Doonesbury cartoon:

“A tad overweight, but violet eyes to die for.”

Rickster™ © ®

March 23rd, 2011
9:55 am

That was back in the day when she was among the Washington elite being married to Sen. John Warner (R-Va).

Rickster™ © ®

March 23rd, 2011
9:57 am

And I remember Red Buttons doing his schtick at one of the “Dean Martin’s Celebrity Roast” talking about her latest husband…

“I know what I’m supposed to do…. but how do I make it interesting?” :-)

Deirdre

March 23rd, 2011
10:00 am

I hope her tireless work in the effort to fight AIDS(started because of her dear friend Rock Hudson) will be her legacy.

Mercedes S.

March 23rd, 2011
10:03 am

Didn’t E.T. also have a daughter or perhaps daughter-in-law who died of AIDS?

RxDawg

March 23rd, 2011
10:06 am

Rickster, I enjoyed that link also. Keep em coming!

Ya know, I’m taking a wild guess here, but since were all Idol fans I would assume that most of the people on this blog are also Glee fans. My home has watched Glee since it’s start and we enjoy it. I guess it’s a fun guilty pleasure. I’m not blown away (although there are some powerful episodes), but I do enjoy it. That said, there is apparently some really strong reactions to the show out there that I just recently became aware of. There are some people that apparently despise it. I was a little shocked about this. I suppose since they have some gay characters on it this is were some of the hate of the show stems from. But certainly not all of it. Besides, the show isn’t usually too in your face with the gay thing to make me uncomfortable. Except maybe the recent guy on guy makeout thing was a bit much. But meh, I’m not so sensitive that I can’t move on and forget about it within the time it takes to type this sentence. Anyways… thought I’d bring up the strong Glee reactions here. What do you guys think?

RxDawg

March 23rd, 2011
10:07 am

Mercedes, you forgot a great bride! haha, but yeh Liz was a great one. But she lived the life.

Deirdre

March 23rd, 2011
10:08 am

Everything I’m reading so far says she is survived by her 4 children, Michael and Christopher Wilding, Liza Todd and The Italian girl she adopted…Maria?

Deirdre

March 23rd, 2011
10:12 am

Glee’s producer and creator is gay so it isn’t a surprise that a gay story line is featured. Doesn’t bother me….some people would rather keep their heads in the sand…just makes them look kinda foolish.

My absolute favorite character on Glee is Kurt’s dad. I think he’s the most wonderful example of a straight father coming to terms with his gay son and doing it in a humorous, warm and loving way. If Glee does nothing else, that father character has set a fantastic example for parents of gay kids everywhere.

Rickster™ © ®

March 23rd, 2011
10:17 am

Actually… I’m not a Glee fan. Just never got into it. I guess I don’t “get it.”

Mercedes S.

March 23rd, 2011
10:17 am

Tried to check Taylor’s kids but the sites are collapsing from too much googling… Maria Burton was three years old (1964) when she was adopted by “Liz and Dick”. The girl who died from AIDS might have been a daughter-in-law. Anyway, not just Rock Hudson, but a close relative made Taylor so committed to fight AIDS.

I love “Glee” too, Rx, and imagine the “strong” opposition to the show comes from people who believe you “choose” to be gay, and people who prefer their kids get pregnant and ruin their lives by taking care of a kid they don’t want to getting proper sex education in school (the recent Gwyneth Paltrow episod – which was fabulous).

Sam-A

March 23rd, 2011
10:18 am

I don’t care for “Glee” – never have liked musicals where people sing instead of talking. Don’t object to music in a show or movie, just sing when it’s appropriate, not all the time! Not a single problem with any gay storyline – loved “Will & Grace”, love “Ellen”, fond of our very own “Kelly & Carrie Fan”. Just too much inappropriate singing.

Rickster™ © ®

March 23rd, 2011
10:20 am

And I’m waiting for Mo to share his thoughts on the passing of Elizabeth Taylor.

Mercedes S.

March 23rd, 2011
10:21 am

And agree on Kurt’s dad – the kind of parent you wish all gay teens would be lucky enough to have. A close friend’s 17-year old son just came out to his parents, and he said what gave him the courage to do so was the examples set by Adam Lambert and Kurt on “Glee”.

Mercedes S.

March 23rd, 2011
10:22 am

Sam-A, still remember, fondly, a show that was way before it’s time, “Cop Rock”.

Rickster™ © ®

March 23rd, 2011
10:34 am

I watch Grey’s Anatomy… and they have a gay story line going between two female docs (Callie & Arizona.) I don’t mind it – until they start getting overly romantic. Then I close my eyes.

But before I get accused of being homophic… I close my eyes when Derrick & Meredith or Christina & Hunt (or anyone else, for that matter) start getting overly romantic.

I just don’t care to watch that stuff.

Heather MacDonald

March 23rd, 2011
10:41 am

I love Glee!! It’s appointment television in my home, even more than (gasp!) Idol. I know, blasphemy at 10:40 in the morning. LOL I think the show handles homosexual, straight and bi/lesbian relationships in a fun, campy, but meaningful way. I love any show willing to poke fun at itself on a regular basis. My favorite line was in last night’s repeat episode. “Come on guys, there has to be a Journey song we haven’t done yet!”

Ryan Ouellet

March 23rd, 2011
11:11 am

Glee !!! I loveeee Glee… I agree Heather that was a good line :) top news

Deirdre

March 23rd, 2011
11:18 am

Mercedes, Christopher Wilding was married to Aileen Getty who tested hiv positive in 1984…she never developed AIDS, has been divorced from Christopher since 1989 and is still around today.

Deirdre

March 23rd, 2011
11:22 am

Hudson was also diagnosed in 1984 and developed full-blown AIDS within 6 months of his diagnosis.

Rosita

March 23rd, 2011
11:26 am

Not a Glee fan. Do like Sue, though.
Is it me or is the bloom fading on Season 10?
It’s seeming predictable at this early stage.

Deirdre

March 23rd, 2011
11:51 am

Nigel has tweeted that Mark Anthony(aka Skeletor) has helped the Idols this week.

With Motown????? Really????

And Rosita, no the bloom isn’t fading for me. One bad week doesn’t make a bad season.

Deirdre

March 23rd, 2011
11:52 am

As for predictable…at this point, I have NO IDEA who is going to win.

At least last year I thought Crystal would take it….I was wrong but I did make a prediction! ;-)

RxDawg

March 23rd, 2011
12:11 pm

Sue will probably go down as one of the greatest villans (or villanets?) of all time. She’s an instant classic.

I guess to me Glee has so much more in it than a couple of homosexual side story lines. Agree about Kurt’s dad though. I especially liked a speech he gave to his kid about sleeping around. I liked it so much I think I’ll search for it when I give my daughter “the talk” in…. 30 years or so :lol: .

KPH

March 23rd, 2011
12:45 pm

Should be a great show tonight for me because I love Motown. It will be interesting to see how some of the contestants have to come out of their box and do something they arent familiar with will handle it. I predict we wil be surprised by some of them that we dont think would do well in that
genre. Looking forward to it.

Heather MacDonald

March 23rd, 2011
12:50 pm

I didn’t mean to imply that the only storylines Glee has are related to sexuality. I truly love the way they have handled the bullying issue and that they show the Glee kids standling up week after week with pride even after getting “slushied.” As someone who had gum put in her hair every single day for about 6 months in high school, trust me that I know something about keeping your head up. The character of Rachael is fantastic. A litle stalker-y, but fantastic. The way the show portrays her drive to be a famous performer is to be lauded. Who ever got anywhere without hard work?

Rickster™ © ®

March 23rd, 2011
12:53 pm

H-Mac? What’s “standling?” :-)

Rickster™ © ®

March 23rd, 2011
12:54 pm

I think one of those Glee fellas need to body slam one of those “slushers.”

Rickster™ © ®

March 23rd, 2011
12:56 pm

Who ever got anywhere without hard work?

Paris Hilton
Bristol Palin
Perez Hilton

I would say Kim K… but it probably takes a lot of work to look that good. The make-up alone must take hours!

:-)

Mercedes S.

March 23rd, 2011
12:57 pm

Villainess, Rx. or villainness?

RxDawg

March 23rd, 2011
1:30 pm

Villainess, I like it M.

Heather MacDonald

March 23rd, 2011
1:47 pm

Hee hee… standing. Of course I meant standing. It’s been a day. LOL

Rickster™ © ®

March 23rd, 2011
2:00 pm

For those who are interested…

On Sunday April 10, Turner Classic Movies will present a 24-hour tribute to Elizabeth Taylor, with nine films, including the two for which she won the Best Actress Oscar, 1960’s BUtterfield 8 and 1966’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

I’ll have to DVR them. That’s Masters Sunday! :-)

Rickster™ © ®

March 23rd, 2011
2:20 pm

And still on the subject of Elizabeth Taylor… I like this ending of a column by Cal Thomas (emphases added)

Elizabeth Taylor was not a celebrity. She was a star. There is a difference. Anyone who had the pleasure of looking into those eyes knows what I mean.

[...] American Idol [...]

Rodney Ho

March 23rd, 2011
3:04 pm

Deirdre

March 23rd, 2011
3:08 pm

I saw Elizabeth Taylor once, in person. Back when I was in high school and living just outside Buffalo, a friend and I got tickets to see Richard Burton playing Hamlet in Toronto. We were part of a very few people who waited outside the stage door where a limo was parked after the play. Our dearest wishes were answered when Burton came out of the theater with Elizabeth on his arm.

Rickster™ © ®

March 23rd, 2011
3:11 pm

Cool, your queeness!

I agree with Robert Bianco for the most part. But I don’t think Randy has stepped it up as much as Bianco thinks he has. (Then again, it didn’t take much for Randy to step up much bigger.)

And rather than cutting out the name-dropping, I’d rather see Randy stop using words like “dope.” It’s just too stupy “for me.”

Rickster™ © ®

March 23rd, 2011
3:11 pm

Where in Toronto, your queeness? The Pantages Theater?

Deirdre

March 23rd, 2011
3:16 pm

Rodney, I agree with Bianco. JLo is becoming the judge who speaks the truth without rudeness…good for her.

Steven really needs to stop being afraid to say something negative. I still think he’s a great addition to the show but even Paula wouldn’t tell someone they were good if they weren’t. She’d find something to compliment but it wouldn’t be the singing.

And Randy is a lot better than he’s been the last few years. Maybe he thought nobody cared what he had to say…maybe he felt left out because of Simon’s unending flirting with Paula, then Kara.

Deirdre

March 23rd, 2011
3:16 pm

I don’t remember, Rickster…my high school days were looooong ago!

Rickster™ © ®

March 23rd, 2011
3:17 pm

‘American Idol’ ratings holding up

By DAVID BAUDER
The Associated Press

1:16 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2011
NEW YORK — Simon Cowell may have left “American Idol,” but he didn’t take many viewers with him.

Any hope that Fox’s rivals had that the acerbic British judge’s exit after last season would do serious damage to the talent competition has been dashed. It remains television’s dominant prime-time show, with its two editions last week easily topping anything else on the air.

The Nielsen Co. said that the show is averaging 25.1 million viewers this season, down by just under 2 percent from last year’s 25.5 million, despite losing its dominant personality. Cowell and fellow judge Kara DioGuardi were replaced by professional musicians Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler.

Last week’s performance show on Wednesday had 22.6 million viewers, and the results show had 19.6 million. The comparable two shows last year, which aired on Tuesday and Wednesday, had 22.9 million and 20.5 million, Nielsen said.

The finale of ABC’s “The Bachelor” and the special where Brad Womack explained his choice followed “Idol” in the ratings competition last week.

Fox won the week’s ratings competition for the third straight week, with CBS again airing reruns of some of their most popular shows.

Fox had an average of 9.4 million viewers in prime time (5.5 rating, 9 share). CBS had 8 million viewers (5.0, 9), ABC had 6.3 million (3.9, 7), NBC had 5.4 million (3.5, 6), ION Television had 1.3 million (0.9, 2) and the CW had 1.1 million (0.7, 1).

Among the Spanish-language networks, Univision led with a prime-time average of 3.9 million viewers (2.0 rating, 3 share). Telemundo had 1.2 million (0.7, 1), TeleFutura had 640,000 (0.3, 1), Azteca had 220,000 and Estrella had 210,000 (both 0.1, 0).

NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 9.1 million viewers (5.9, 12). ABC’s “World News” was second with 8 million (5.4, 11) and the “CBS Evening News” had 6 million viewers (4, 8).

A ratings point represents 1,159,000 households, or 1 percent of the nation’s estimated 115.9 million TV homes. The share is the percentage of in-use televisions tuned to a given show.

For the week of March 14-20, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “American Idol” (Wednesday), Fox, 22.58 million; “American Idol” (Thursday), Fox, 19.57 million; “The Bachelor: After the Final Rose,” ABC, 13.96 million; “The Bachelor,” ABC, 13.88 million; “Criminal Minds,” CBS, 13.72 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 12.75 million; “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 12.48 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 11.94 million; “Undercover Boss,” CBS, 11.7 million; “Bones,” Fox, 11.61 million.

Rodney Ho

March 23rd, 2011
3:18 pm

I think Randy does feel a weight of responsibility to be more critical without Simon around. And Jennifer impressed me last week with her honesty and constructive, cogent criticism. And yes, Steven is still having a hard time when he doesn’t like something. He needs to just shake it loose and let it roll! He can still roll out a funny line or three every week.Overall, the judge’s panel is about 10,000 times better than last year’s.l

Rickster™ © ®

March 23rd, 2011
3:19 pm

And I’ve not heard Randy go “boooooooooooo! Booooooooooo!” when Steven or J-Lo are introduced.

Methinks Randy was jealous of Simon. (And probably glad – career-wise – to see him go.)

Deirdre

March 23rd, 2011
3:21 pm

Rickster…the O’Keefe Center……and they got married while they were there.

Deirdre

March 23rd, 2011
3:22 pm

Rodney, comparing last year to this year…I’d say about a million times better!

Rickster™ © ®

March 23rd, 2011
3:23 pm

I guess that the Idol judging panel is an example of addition by subtraction! :-)

Deirdre

March 23rd, 2011
4:16 pm

I’m starting to look forward to the show tonight. It will be interesting to see if Casey can redeem himself.

Last week, a wildcard put himself forward in the voting. What will happen this week?

Will Thia break-through with an exciting performance?

Will Haley wear hot pants again?

Will Pia step up the energy?

Will James give us a slow, tender song?

Will Jacob…..never mind, no he won’t.

Harriett

March 23rd, 2011
4:28 pm

I hope to see everyone tonight on the blog. D, did I understand you to say you were not doing coveritlive tonight? Long day, with no chance to chime in. But, I am looking forward to the show tonight.

By the way, The Event! What a show! The whole hour is one tense experience for me.

Sam-A

March 23rd, 2011
4:29 pm

Most importantly, will be get rid of Niami, Jacob or Paul this week (if theres a God in Heaven it will happen).

Sam-A

March 23rd, 2011
4:34 pm

will “WE”

Mo Schreibman

March 23rd, 2011
4:49 pm

As long as that Jacob fellow does not wear hotpants then the Idol program should be fine tonight. For the Haley girl it is not so bad because she has the figure for them.

Rickster™ © ®

March 23rd, 2011
4:56 pm

Hope everyone has a great evening watching the show. Catch you all tomorrow.

Harriett

March 23rd, 2011
4:58 pm

Mo, that image is simply incredible and I am not talking about the Haley one.

Bye everyone. See you tonight.

Deirdre

March 23rd, 2011
5:45 pm

Harriett, I’m doing coveritlive tonight but not tomorrow night…..and not really sure how long I’ll stay on Wed. nights. Love the comraderie, love the snark but I find it very difficult to give the singers my attention…half the time I’m reading the blog when I should be listening to them.

Plus the negativity gets me down after awhile.

JTesla

March 23rd, 2011
6:43 pm

I thought about posting Rebecca Black’s song, but I got too busy listening to all the spoofs of it. Good stuff. It’s good to be back in the land of internet access, even if I’m still 7 hours from home.

Deirdre

March 23rd, 2011
7:27 pm

Good to hear from you as always, JT. If I can keep from getting hubby’s cold I’ll be back on the west coast for a long weekend next week…..doing a little Lucas-sitting while my son and his wife go to a company event in San Fran. One of the perks of being an airline family is being able to travel with relative ease(as long as there’s a seat on the plane…usually a middle seat and almost always between a 300 pound man and a woman with a smoker’s cough.)

JTesla

March 23rd, 2011
7:43 pm

Air travel is grand, but it is worth it to be able to babysit.