Dec 19, 2008

Simon Cowell Reveals Five New Things About American Idol 2009

Simon Cowell in American Idol Season EightAmerican Idol, one of the most famous shows in the U.S., is back on January 15, 2009 for its Eighth Season. The British judge Simon Cowell reveals five exciting things about the TV show that will surely captivate viewers and fans.

Below--Five New Things About American Idol 2009

1. Contestants are more diverse: "We've got an interesting bunch. We got stuck last year with a battle of the blondes--they all looked that same and we couldn't differentiate one versus the other. We tried to be as broad and as open-minded as possible so we don't wind up with 12 people from the Stepford Wives."

2. On Paula Abdul and new judge, Kara DioGuardi: "What guy would like that, come on? You've got two girls ganging up on you. One is hard enough -- two is terrible. At least I've got Randy by my side."

3. Guys are Stronger than Girls: "We filmed Hollywood Week about a month ago. My memory of that is that the guys, overall, were stronger. Five or six of them stood out more than the girls."

4. Contestants Unique Wardrobe: "One (contestant) came in in a bikini. Of course she got a yes from us, the guys, and a no from the girls. Luckily, we got our way. I love (being the tiebreaker). They hate it. There's been a few arguments along the way, particularly from the girls when they don't get their way."

5. On Powerhouse Guest Stars and Mentors: "We try every year to get Paul McCartney on, and for whatever reason, he won't come on. Lionel Richie and Quentin Tarantino, they were brilliant fun, and we'd like those type of people to come back. We just recently had Beyonce on the British version of the show, and she was absolutely incredible, and Britney was great fun. Britney would literally be first on the list (to appear on 'Idol.') I would love to see her mentor the contestants. There was more excitement and interest in her (on 'X Factor') than I'd seen in many, many years. She would be very, very welcome."

Simon Cowell Reveals Five New Things About American Idol 2009