The rumors that Simon Cowell is leaving American Idol at the end of next season when his contract expires just picked up steam, and it's all because of Simon himself. During an interview with the Associated Press, Simon said the thought of staying on as an Idol judge is actually depressing.
The idea that for the next five years, I'd be doing exactly what I've been doing for the past five years ... the thought is just too depressing. I'd go nuts, bored out of my mind. You have to evolve, you have to change. I like the challenge of launching something new.
And that something new that Simon is talking about is possibly a US version of his hit British show The X Factor. It's something Simon has wanted to do for a while, get another singing competition on the airwaves, but Fox has forbid him to start up a US version while he's under contract with Idol.
Honestly, I'm all for Simon leaving. Idol would take a huge blow, but Simon won't be as awesome as he is now if he's really not wanting to be there. Let's be real -- the whole reason Idol blew up was because of Simon. Why do you think Simon is the last judge in line to talk? Everyone hangs on the edge of their seat to hear what he has to say. Idol is screwed when Simon leaves, especially if he starts up a US version of The X Factor. What would be even MORE classic would be if he brought Seacrest over to host...
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