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Simon Cowell: Saving Scott MacIntyre would have been patronizing

By John Bracchitta, 04/09/2009 

Simon Cowell has a simple explanation for why he wasn't in favor of using American Idol's new "The Judges' Save" veto ability to save Scott MacIntyre, a legally blind 23-year-old from Scottsdale, AZ, from elimination after he was revealed to be the week's low vote-getter during Wednesday night's live results show broadcast on Fox.

"I think it would have been a bit patronizing to [use] it tonight," Cowell told ex-girlfriend Terri Seymour during an interview with Fox's KTTV-TV Los Angeles affiliate following the results show's live broadcast. "When you listen to it back [his] vocals weren't that good."

During the brief interview, Cowell also acknowledged he isn't sure if Idol's judges will ever use the one-time veto ability, which requires all four judges to be in unanimous agreement about its use and will automatically expire prior to the season's Top 5 finals round.

"If we don't [use it], we don't," Cowell said. "I'm not gonna save someone for the sake of it."

Seymour also confirmed that, as their behavior on Wednesday night's broadcast had suggested, judges Paula Abdul and Kara DioGuardi had been the two judges in favor of using "The Judges' Save" on MacIntyre.

"I had a real girly-woman moment, like, I really didn't want him to go," DioGuardi told Seymour.

Wednesday night's results show had featured Cowell revealing that Idol's four judges were split 2-to-2 about whether they should use "The Judges' Save" on MacIntyre after he had re-performing his Tuesday night performance show song in an attempt to convince the judges to use the veto ability.

Although the disclosure seemed to immediately make it clear that MacIntyre wouldn't be getting "saved," Cowell initially held off on formally announcing the judges' decision.

"This is really tough," Cowell said.  "I really, really like you Scott. I'm looking over there [where the other remaining finalists are] and I think there's a bunch of talented singers so this decision isn't just based on you, it's whether I think someone is more talented over there. And this is the problem."

"I know I can please you another week Simon," MacIntyre pleaded back to Cowell, after which DioGuardi and Abdul seemed to voice their opinions that he should be saved.

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest then pressed Cowell for a decision a second time.

"So Simon, I have to push you for a verdict," Seacrest told Cowell.

"You want me to make a decision? You want me to make it?" Cowell asked the other judges before tossing his hands in the air and turning to MacIntyre. "Scott, someone's got to make a decision here, and I'm gonna say it's the end of the competition. Sorry."

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