Simon Cowell bashes Dylan, praises Clarkson

by Liz Finn-Arnold, posted Jan 12th 2007 2:17PM
Simon CowellIn a recent interview with Playboy, outspoken American Idol judge, Simon Cowell, bashed musical icon, Bob Dylan, saying he "bores me to tears." Cowell often berates the young unknowns vying for Idol-status on the hit reality show, causing some of them to dissolve into tears or lash out in angry tirades. I'm pretty sure, however, that Dylan isn't going to be shedding any tears over Cowell's disapproval. The man, while not my cup of tea, is a musical legend, past needing praise and approval from the snippy, British TV-judge in order to sell CDs.

Also in the Playboy interview, Cowell praised Idol's very own Kelly Clarkson, comparing her to "a young Aretha Franklin". Not surprisingly, Cowell said he preferred Clarkson's music to that of Dylan's. Meanwhile, millions of Dylan fans everywhere are asking themselves "Who the hell is Kelly Clarkson?"

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i never even heard of this old fart simion before american idol why do they put people that never had any talent to judge a show. please american idol get judges that know what real talent is and boot that old fart simon of the show send him back home. he like to talk about peoples apearance look in the mirror old fart count the tracks in your face i think a facelift is need

January 20 2007 at 12:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
devon drake

As a singer songwriter, if I could achieve just one tenth of Dylans lyrical ability I would have stood in front of Capitol Records and said just sign me already. I dont....
Simon Cowell proves that you don't have to be smart to judge talent, just a mindless drone.
Kelly Clarkson is good, probably the best that will ever come from this show.
But Dylan....
She is most definately not...
She cant even write a song, sing a note (that wasnt already sang for her) Go ask Decoy Studios, Diane Warren, and the many song writers and vocal coaches that she has worked with....
Lets compare KK to Britney Spears... Woops... Britney Wrote a song...

January 19 2007 at 4:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to devon drake's comment

Kelly Clarkson does write a lot of songs for her albums, don't be stupid ... she's amazing and are a million years ahead of Britney spears and all this attention ****** ... i prefer her over any bob boring dylan

September 30 2014 at 12:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
a dylan fan

As always cow is talking out of his !!!

January 16 2007 at 7:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
a dylan fan

As always cow is talking out of his !!!....

January 16 2007 at 7:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Bob Dylan was and is a gifted poet/song writer. The words to his songs are brilliant and his delivery is raw, a real slice of real life and all his own. There is no equal. You may not like his voice, but to compare his talent with a contemporary
young artist who follows the pack...well, think about it.

January 14 2007 at 12:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
S John Massoud

Simon has the right to his opinion. I don't like Bob Dylan either. But that is my opinion. Why does anyone get so upset over what Cowell thinks is beyond me.

I don't really think that Bob Dylan cares what I or Simon Cowell thinks. So why should you?

January 14 2007 at 8:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Kelly Clarkson is at least entertaining. But who the hell is Simon Cowell??? A smarmy piece of Euro trash? He couldn't even be a pimple on Dylan's ass. Cowell and his flashmouth should go back to where he belongs . . .

January 13 2007 at 9:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TM Clay

Well thank you for revealing your true colors, Mr. Cowell. I don't know if you have ever heard the songs on the album The Times They Are A' Changing, but if you have and still prefer Kelly Clarkson, you are an idiot and a boor (b-o-o-r, not the bore you accuse Dylan of being). You, as a self-appointed impresario of popular music, have a responsibility to elevate true quality and originality of vision when it crops up in our culture, but instead you choose to elevate and celebrate only teeny-bopper retreads of original acts from around Dylan's time. To liken Kelly Clarkson to Aretha Franklin is essentially meaningless. Anyway, niether one of them wrote their own music, so can there even be a comparison between their contribution to our culture and Dylan's? Can you listen to, say, "Boots of Spanish Leather" and consider any one of your contestants in the same league as Dylan? Or are you simply arguing that he does nothing for you personally? If so, you ought to humbly remove yourself from the position of cultural arbiter, go back to your records and really listen, as if you had a soul, a sensibility, an appreciation for anything other than bombast. Then come back to us with a program designed to discover the seeds of real artistic command and real original thought in our culture. What a service that would be. You Brits love to exploit our perception of you as culturally sophisticated, but your tastes expose your shallowness and, yes, callowness. If only a Dylan would turn up on your program and put all the other seekers after fame to shame (apologies to Fantasia who I consider a true interpreter of songs)

January 13 2007 at 7:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to TM Clay's comment

I prefer Kelly's too, it's because she sings pop that she is inferior comparing to others, she's an amazing singer, she has nice songs and don't need to show her ass to be on the charts ... she's is not aretha, but shes one of the best females ( if not the best) of this generation ... don't be silly

September 30 2014 at 12:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Simon Cowell is shallow. Bob Dylan goes right over his head. Simon still thinks like a teenager. Will he ever outgrow the teeny boppers? Will he ever actually listen to a song and THINK about what it is saying?
I've wondered what Bob meant by this new lyric from Nettie Moore, "Before you call me any dirty names you better think twice". Open mouth, insert foot. Perhaps Simon should heed the warning. LOL

January 13 2007 at 12:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Todd C. Bobo

Simon Cowell= opinionated ass. Dylan = Genius. Kelly Clarkson= Diva in training. Simon-" Do you know why they send Donkeys to school?" No? "So they'll be SMART ASSES." You are one up on the Donkey. You didn't have to go to school. TCB

January 13 2007 at 3:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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