He talked with Oprah about his exit, and told her, “After a while, you start to go on automatic pilot. Too many times, I was sitting there [at the judges’ table] bored. The audience deserves more than that … and I can’t hide when I’m bored.”
We supposed we can’t blame him, since he has been on the show for 9 seasons! That’s a long time! But we hope that boredom doesn’t carry over to his new show X Factor!
Simon explained to Oprah what he does enjoy about judging. “I actually like doing it, funny enough,” Simon said. “I remember Fantasia singing ‘Summertime,’ and for three minutes, I lost myself. I like the buzz it creates. You want to be part of something people are talking about. I love that feeling.”
So what can we expect from the new show? It’ll be a little different from Idol.
“There’s no upper age limit,” he said. “Singing groups can enter the show. I have no idea whether it’s going to work or not, but I’ll put its success and failure on whether we can find a star.”
And one thing Simon does know is how to pick out real talent. “I do trust my judgment as somebody who can spot a potential star,” he said.
We have to admit we’re a little bored of Idol too! We’re anxious to see if X Factor becomes the new singing competition to watch!