Did Simon Cowell plant an Idol contestant?

by Liz Finn-Arnold, posted Feb 12th 2007 2:20PM
Simon CowellControversy and rumors sure like to swirl around you when you're a TV ratings powerhouse. In today's American Idol controversy, Simon Cowell is accused of planting a British pop star in this year's pool of contestants.

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?

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You say it's brutal? Welcome to the real world. You say Simon is nasty and rude? He is honest to the T. If a artist can't take it they need to stay home. You think there are nice people in the business? go to New York and see Simon is a pussy cat compared to the real music business. There's is absolutely no way he would plant anybody. Think about it for a second. If he thought this Tom Lowe had skills why not just sign him and put hinm on tour in the U.S. You think somebody of Simon's size could do just such a thing. YES. He don't need to plant anybody. This is just stupid to think such a thing.

February 22 2007 at 5:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Please, give me a break. First of all Simon is the honest thing about the show. Second: Tell me now how much money he needs to need to fix anything. And lastly. If this teen idol can hold his own on the show. What the problem?

February 22 2007 at 4:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Idol Man

Oh gee, we're so sorry to want to be entertained by American Idol, and have a little fun. You don't think we're concerned about war too? Yes we are, but just not 100% of the time. You really should lighten up and take some leasure time LOL! Should we all should just sit there transfixed by CNN like you, so we can all be just as 'concerned' about war as you? But really, if you're so worried about war, why are you trying to start one here, hmm? Here's an idea. Instead of questioning our mindsets, why don't you get up off that chair, get off the computer, sign up to be a peace activist, and go find the nearest protest rally. They need more like you. Then you won't have time to hassle us. Because American Idol will happen, like it or not haha!

February 14 2007 at 7:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Just a quick comment. Simon Cowell is not the producer of AI. Simon Fuller is. American Idol came from Pop Idol in the UK, a Simon Fuller production and Simon Cowell was a judge. I'm not 100% sure about The X Factor, I know Simon Cowell is a judge, and might be a producer, and most likely Simon Fuller is a producer of it too

February 14 2007 at 11:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Does it really matter that he is from England, if he is a U.S. citizen now, that is?
Also, to Susan, yes, Reuben won, but how well is he doing now? Just like Taylot Hicks isn't doing all that great but Chris Daughtry has a song already in the Top 10!

February 14 2007 at 10:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Idol Man

I think the American Idols do have to be American, or have applied for citizenship, or be from one of our territories. All the other countries have there own Idol shows (also owned by Simon and 19 Entertainment): Pop Idol is England's (and the original, And 70 of other countries have one too.

February 14 2007 at 10:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Idol Man

Anyway, at the very least the Top 12 is rigged, we get who the Big 5 say we get, before the "voting" even starts. They narrow it down to 6 guys and 6 females. Then they want a proper mix of characteristics within that. No Paula and Randy aren't on the Big 5 list, they're just there to fill the 2 extra seats. The Big 5 includes the Simple Simons (Cowell, Fuller, and Jones), and the other production/director/owners: Bruce Gowers and Nygil Lythgoe. And YES Simon Cowell IS part owner of Idol, through 19 Entertainment. All those guys are. So they have a huge stake in deciding who wins. Because they also own those Idols contractual rights long after Idol. So basically you vote in vain LOL.

February 14 2007 at 10:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Idol Man

Brex, The artist cannot be currently signed with a record label. That's the only stipulation. I really thought there would be a rules change this year, after all the past pro-connected exposes that embarrassed the show. I mean it's one thing to be a a Taylor Hicks bar band singer, and to have made your own Indie record that didn't chart. It's another thing when they've already had big success with a major record label, like Simon's newest boy toy. It's not fair either when they've had big TV exposure like Lisa Tucker (Star Search finalist). Idol was just another stepping stone gig the insiders got her, so she could get further groomed for her acting and singing career. She already had a Disney contract signed, which they conveniently put a hold on, while she played the Idol game show. She wasn't in it to win, just to place high enough to bump up her resume. All this just adds more fuel to the Fox fire.

February 14 2007 at 9:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How can anything be fixed by him? It is our votes that count right?

February 14 2007 at 9:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sux Simon!

February 14 2007 at 8:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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