Simon Cowell says everyone's chasing 'American Idol's audience
UPI News Service, 06/18/2006
Now that Fox TV has crowned Taylor Hicks its latest "American Idol," U.S. networks are lined up with summer knockoffs of the hit talent competition.
Each of the big four has an "Idol"-like show and even judge Simon Cowell rips off the show that made him famous in the United States with "America's Got Talent," which premieres this week on NBC, Daily Variety reported Sunday.
"Everyone's chasing the 'Idol' audience," Cowell told Variety.
Cowell says his NBC show cannot be compared to "American Idol," nor does he see it as competing with "Idol" either.
"After 'Idol,' I wouldn't put on a one-genre talent show, be it singing, dancing or whatever," Cowell said. "You can't top 'Idol,' so if you offer yourself up as a comparison to it, you're going to fail."