As I mentioned last month, Simon Cowell’s brother revealed that the smarmiest judge on America Idol will be leaving the show after this season. That news has be confirmed by Simon himself. People has reported:
At the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif., American Idol judge Simon Cowell announced that he is leaving the show to focus on a new talent search, The X Factor.
“The X Factor will launch in 2011,” Cowell told reporters Monday. “Because of that, this will be my last season on American Idol.”
The shows won’t be in direct competition, as American Idol is slated to run in the first half of the year and The X Factor in the second. Cowell also revealed that he’s anxious to work with Paul Abdul, who was recently replaced on AI, once again:
“I adore Paula. Whatever happens, I will be working with her in some capacity. Because I miss her.”
Even though the shows will not be on at the same time, I’m pretty sure I’m dropping Idol for X Factor.