Cowell says all four judges will return next season on Idol
by Jason Hughes, posted May 6th 2009 6:00PM
What Simon Cowell says goes ... I think. With former executive producer Nigel Lythgoe having jumped ship from American Idol to focus more on his summer baby So You Think You Can Dance, Cowell is one of the "big dogs" at the show. So if Cowell says that the entire judging panel will be back next season on Idol, we can probably believe it. This is possibly in response to TV Guide's recent issue declaring that Cowell was just about done with the show himself and that he wasn't sure about Kara on the show. Now apparently he thinks "she's cute."
But next season is Cowell's last season in his current contract, so maybe we'll see some changes then? He's been talking about how much work it is being involved in his own show The X-Factor and Britain's Got Talent, as well as Idol. It's still hard to imagine the show without Randy, Paula, Simon and Ryan, but I guess anything is possible. Would you watch if Simon left? Paula? Can Idol survive if anyone leaves?