Simon Cowell: Tommy Mottola would be a good 'The X Factor' judge
By Christopher Rocchio, 01/16/2010
While he's yet to announce who will be joining him on the judging panel of Fox's new American The X Factoredition, Simon Cowell appears to already have some specific names in mind.
"It's pointless hiring judges who don't know anything about the music business. I'll probably go and find someone who did what I did for a living. I was an A&R guy for 20 years," Cowell toldThe New York Post in a Friday report.
"I thought [music producer] Tommy Mottola would be a good choice. He was the guy who was the head of Sony -- he guided [Mariah Carey] -- very flamboyant, knows what he's talking about."
"I've been talking to Paula for a long time. It was always my intention in one way or another to carry on working with her," he told The Post.
While Cowell added that British The X Factor judge Cheryl Cole would also "be great" for the American edition, he said the show's "got to be different from Idol."
"There are some big changes planned," he told The Post.
One of the differences between American Idol and The X Factor is that the judges also mentor contestants on The X Factor -- something he thinks will appeal to viewers and potential judges.
"On X Factor, you get to mentor the artists, so you have more of a role," he explained to The Post.
"It's frustrating sometimes when you sit there [as a judge] and you haven't been able to change their songs, or how they perform, or what they wear."
Cowell said "everyone seemed quite cool" when asked what the reaction was to his announcement that he was leaving American Idol.
"If I thought it would lead to the death of Idol, I genuinely wouldn't have done it. We are sure that Idol will continue successfully," he told The Post.
"It's a weight off my mind just to tell everybody."
Specifically, Cowell said American Idol's new fourth judge Ellen DeGeneres "saw the funny side" of his leaving.
"She was kidding around with me, saying: 'On my first day you decide to quit?' She's professional," he told The Post. "I don't think it was a total surprise."
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