Simon Cowell is leaving American Idol after this season. But he still has an opinion about the kind of person he wants to replace him. We've heard tons of rumors about people who are in talks to fill the job. But Simon's only requirement is that they're attractive--and know a thing or two about the music industry.
He tells People, "You have to be good looking. Secondly, you have to know what you’re talking about. I’m starting to realize with these shows that you have to put people on that actually know what they’re talking about. Rather than guessing, they really have to have experience, so that you cannot just criticize — you can offer constructive advice as well."
As for Howard Stern, who at one point was the supposed front-runner for the position, Cowell says, "He doesn’t seem to fit any of the criteria. He’s played records. Maybe that’s a good qualification — that he’s played records and is a DJ. But he obviously wants the job. Good luck to him."
One thing is for sure--Simon will be missed on the show. No one really gives the contestants criticism like he does. And Simon seems humbled that the public has sided with him despite his cranky attitude. "It’s very, very flattering. I really do appreciate it. Like I said before, the show goes on. I’m going to feel sad when it all ends," Simon says.
As for the remainder of the season, Simon has his sites set high on who he wants for a mentor for the season. He says, "We should have Lady Gaga because she is the most relevant pop artist in the world at the moment. She’s very smart. I like her."
He'd better start calling her now, because Gaga is one busy lady!