Confirmed – Simon Cowell Leaving American Idol

By on January 11, 2010


Simon Cowell has confirmed that he’s leaving American Idol after this season. 

Cowell made the announcement at the Television Critics Association press tour in California.   Cowell said he’s bringing his popular UK show The X Factor to the United States in 2011.

We did talk about me staying on both shows, but when we looked at the practicalities of that, it was impossible,” Cowell said. “In my opinion, it’s like having a good player and a good football team. The two have to be okay together. I believe it’s not my show, but it’s still very close to me… I’m confident [American Idol] will continue to be the No. 1 show. Everyone is committed to keeping it that way.”

The X Factor is almost identical to Idol, except that groups are allowed to enter the singing competition and there’s no age limit on contestants.  

As to who is going to replace Cowell – what kind of question is that.  Cowell is irreplaceable!!

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