Did Simon Cowell plant an Idol contestant?
Tom Lowe wowed the judges at the Seattle auditions (see video here), earning a coveted golden ticket to Hollywood. Lowe told Simon, "I was at BMG Records in London at the same time that you were there."
As a member of the British boy band 'North and South', Lowe released a couple of singles. He reportedly split with the label in 1998.
Simon Cowell told Lowe he didn't remember him at BMG. But an angry Idol contestant is stirring the rumor pot, telling The Daily Star, "It's really suspicious that they were at the same record company. Simon claims he doesn't remember him but there's a feeling among some people that this could be a fix. A career in the States could be worth $195 million so there's a lot at stake and people aren't happy."
Why would Simon fix Idol? He clearly doesn't need the money. Besides, I doubt he'd be stupid enough to leave an obvious trail back to himself if he did indeed "fix" anything. Don't you?
To me the most interesting part about this story, is that it brings up a very interesting question: Is it fair for professional singers/musicians such as Lowe or Jory Steinberg -- who already signed with major record labels in the past and released singles -- to compete against mostly amateurs looking for their FIRST BIG BREAK into the business?
Also, controversy or not, do you really think the American public will give a Brit the title of American Idol?