What's next for ''Idol'''s Simon? As the competition winds down, the tart-tongued judge says he's fielding TV and movie offers

By Gary Susman
September 03, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT
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With ”American Idol” wrapping up tonight and tomorrow night, Simon Cowell will be left with no one to criticize. What’s he going to do next? The British member of the ”Idol” judging troika tells the New York Daily News he’s been bombarded with movie and TV offers, including commercials, toy licensing deals, the lead role in a film and the hosting gig on ”Star Search,” CBS’ recently announced revival of the ’80s syndicated talent competition series. He says one network even offered him a three-year deal to do anything he wanted. ”I would be going from show to show being the obligatory jerk,” he says.

Still, Simon has a keen eye for the limitations of talent, including his own. Which is why he says he’s turning down all those offers to stick with his day job, scouting talent and producing records. ”There is something that I’ve learned from this job, and that’s if you’re involved in something successful, don’t believe the hype for a moment,” he tells the Daily News. ”My job at the end of the day is to try to create formats that will sell records.”

He’ll be busy enough doing that with the ”Idol” crew. He’ll produce a full album for Justin Guarini or Kelly Clarkson, whoever is named the winner on Wednesday night and a single by the runner-up. He’s also exercising his option to sign booted finalist Tamyra Gray to a record contract. And then there’s next year. He tells the Daily News that he’s close to signing on for a second season of ”American Idol,” and that he expects fellow judges Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson to return as well.

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