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'American Idol' judge Simon Cowell says Bob Dylan 'bores me to tears'

UPI News Service, 01/11/2007 

"American Idol" judge Simon Cowell has responded to reports that Bob Dylan wanted to join the series by claiming the U.S. singer "bores me to tears."

While Dylan's "Modern Times" album recently made him the oldest musician to top U.S. music charts, Cowell dismissed the rocker's wishes to be a judge on "Idol" by claiming it would not benefit the series in the end, The Guardian said.

"I've got to tell you, if I had 10 Dylans in the final of 'American Idol,' we would not be getting 30 million viewers a week," Cowell said. "I don't believe the Bob Dylans of this world would make 'American Idol' a better show."

Cowell claimed he would rather listen to the works of "Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson.

"A singing poet? It just bores me to tears," Cowell said of Dylan's musical works.

Despite Cowell's condemnation of Dylan, the rocker has a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award, an Oscar for best song and was nominated for a Nobel Prize in literature.

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