Thursday, December 18, 2008

Simon (Cowell) says he 'absolutely loved' Salt Lake during 'Idol' tryouts

Published: Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008 12:10 a.m. MST

Simon Cowell — the mean judge on "American Idol" — has absolutely nothing mean to say about his visit to Utah.

As a matter of fact, given multiple opportunities in a conference call with TV critics, Cowell did nothing but gush about his visit to Salt Lake City for "Idol" auditions in September.

"You know what? I absolutely loved it there," Cowell said. "I loved the city. I loved the air. And, most importantly, I absolutely loved the people."

Yikes. This is the guy who's never been shy about expressing his dislike for anyone or anything. And there have been times when he hasn't exactly showered praise on cities that hosted "Idol" auditions.

But, again, it was nothing but praise for Salt Lake City.

"We literally got all types there. It was exactly what this show is all about," Cowell said. "It was great fun. I was really impressed with some of the people (who) came through.

"And we even had an Osmond — and I liked him!"

While "Idol" thrives on secrecy, it's no secret that David Osmond auditioned for the show in Salt Lake City. And, as is obvious from Cowell's comment, it seems he advanced past the first round of auditions to perform for judges Cowell, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and newcomer Kara DioGuardi.

Reportedly, Osmond, 29, the fourth son of Alan Osmond, advanced from the Utah auditions to the Hollywood round of the competition, although Fox doesn't confirm such information before the show airs.

The eighth season of "American Idol" begins on Jan. 13, at 7 p.m. on Fox/Ch. 13. The episode featuring the Salt Lake auditions has not yet been scheduled.

The show continues through May, and Osmond and his wife, Valerie, are expecting their first child in April.

But it wasn't just the guy with the famous last name who impressed Cowell, although the most famous (or is that infamous?) of the "Idol" judges did sound a bit surprised that he liked it as much as he did.

"I thought it would be a bit more serious, to be honest with you," Cowell said, "because I'd only heard about the place; I'd never been there before.

"But I couldn't have been more wrong. It was really, really good fun. And it was one of my favorite cities."


Mary said...

I gotta say - I thought American Idol was a contest for those that don't have the contacts to get the recording contracts. Didn't know a recording professional could use it for their own advantage. Gotta say, I'm dissappointed that David has done this. I also believe that in the end - not a good thing, for 2 reasons. 1 - if he wins -flack, it's an Osmond, what did you expect. 2 - if he doesn't, flack, it's an Osmond, what did you expect.

Lu Ann Brobst Staheli said...

Not confirming or denying the story, but as an FYI: from American Idol on Wikipedia: Rules

Singers are not permitted to have any current record deals or talent management agreements (though they may have had one at some point in the past).

This is how so many previous Idol contestants (Brooke White, Constantine Maroulis, Robbie Carrico, Chris Sligh, Fantasia Barrino, Taylor Hicks, Christy Lee Cook, Michael Johns, and Carly Smithson) all had CDs available for purchase during the ir season run on A.I. Even David Cook had finished recording a CD prior to winning, although he did not have a major record label deal until he won.

As in all these types of contests, let the best singer win!

Benjamin said...

I think it's great that David tried out for American Idol and I think he should have been put through to the voting rounds. He certainly has the voice to have done really well in the competition! It's too bad that people think like Mary does, that he shouldn't be on idol because he is an Osmond. He deserves his chance like everyone else. He shouldn't be penalized for the success of his other family members.

Mary's probably right about people giving him flack and it's really sad. It's sad that more people can't be happy for those who are successful. It's sad to see how negative and cold hearted people are. It seems like it's especially bad in blogs and chat threads on the internet. I guess people feel that since they can hide their identity, they can say whatever they want. It's sad.

Anyway, I was disappointed that David was pulled from the competition. Based on his voice and talent, he definitely deserved to stay.