Q: What's been your favourite auditions so far?
SC: It's like what I always look for - the good, the bad, the ugly. I like
auditions - which we just started - importantly, you've got to find stars, then
you have to find interesting people to be on the show, and then it should be
interesting and make me laugh. I have a very low boredom threshold. I like people
with a little bit of edge. So one of the questions I ask now is 'tell me the worst
thing you've ever done in your life'. I want to know what makes you interesting
because I've got to work with you… We had these three girls and they were teenage
girls I asked them what's the worst thing they've ever done, and they were
embarrassed about it and I go come on it's only me and 4k people and they said they
had a water fight and that was it….and I said you know what, it's a no because it's
SC: Most of the artists I've worked with and the ones I've have fun working with
always have that little edge and I look for that
Q: What's the worst thing you've ever done?
SC: Tons of things, most of which are in the book that just came out. I've been a
naughty boy! That's why I got in the music business. I've had my fair share,
nothing too bad.
Q: Have you been enjoying the single life?
SC: It's fun!….. but the problem is there seems to be a type now, over 60, divorced
or widowed! You kind of think there maybe someone in their late 20s mid 30s maybe
40s, but no there's always a type…!
SC: If you are single, you can flirt. You know you're human. We've definitely put
girls through because they are cute in the same way the girls put guys through -
Its just the way of the world.
Q: How's the new judging team working out?
SC: It's been good. What I realized with Britney, it's quite interesting because
when someone has done what she's done as she has with her career,and being such a
public person, you kind of think she is going to be very confident but in real life
she's shy. There's kind of a mystique about her which I think is what what kind of
attracted to me to her in the first place. I knew what I read, but I didn't know
what was going on in her head and that's why I was kind of fascinated. Where I've
been a big fan of hers is that she's not on the show to be 'Britney Spears on a TV
show', she's actually there to prove to the world there's more to her and she's got
the ability to do this job really well, and she's taken the role really seriously
who she thinks is a star and more importantly who isn't and I trust her instincts.
She wants to watch the stuff back to know what she's done well and what she can
improve on. She's not just taking a check and just turning up this is a real
With Deml- she's like a total brat! She's just completely fearless, irreverent. I
think it was important because me and LA, I'm 52 and LA is a lot older than I am, a
lot - and a lot of people who watch our show are 16, 17, 18 and younger and so we
had to have someone I thought on the panel that could reflect that younger
audience, and I've never done that before and I wasn't sure it was going to work.
It's very interesting for me to get a different perspective on someone who I think I
would like. And also with people who I would have liked last year, because the two
girls are on the panel, I'm kind of seeing and hearing this in a totally different
way to what I did last year.
Q: What did you mean with the Gruesome Twosome Tweet:
SC: Britney is fearless. To get a no out of Paula, as you know, was like getting
blood out of a stone because she didn’t' want to be unpopular. Britney – there's no
qualms. She could have 4000 people going crazy about a contestant "No" – can you
back it up? - "No". Then when the two of them get together and me and LA want
someone to go through, these two, they gang up - and that’s what happens when you
put two girls together!
Q: Britney still says you're the toughest?
SC: "Watch the tape. I'm not so sure"
Q: Do you think they bring more gravitas to the panel than Nicole did?
SC: Well I just hired Nicole for the UK… It's different. I think when you make these
shows, the first year is quite interesting because a lot if it is trial and error.
Then you kind of work out for your second and third year where you think the show
can improve, what we did have and didn't have.
I've been interested in working with Demi for three years. It always interested me
that she went through the Disney route, kind of rebelled, I love her records –
Skyscraper is one of the best pop singles I've ever heard. Britney – I've wanted
for years to work with us. It all really happened because of a couple of telephone
calls. On the call she was really impressive, really impressive, very sweet,
respectful, but determined. So the show will look very very different.
I want to work with a boy and girl and I definitely think this is a role for two
people. I can't say who it is - but they have narrowed it down to 5 people. As far
as I'm concerned, and I don't think it's going to change, it will be a boy and girl
and neither of them will have hosted before.
If you count, which I did, over a 2hr show, we separated what the host says on his
own and it's 12 minutes and a lot of that is quite boring information. There are
ways of saying things a bit more interesting and I think it will make sense if I do
what I want to do. There are ways of relaying information that doesn't become like a
news readers role. Because of legals You have to get over a lot of information. I
also think, like if I go on the Jay Leno show, I love doing it with someone else
because I think you bounce off each other and it puts less pressure on me and I
enjoy the interview more. When the hosts are facing 4 judges, I think it's very
intimidating and you don't have that backup and I think you need another opinion.
We started Idol with 2 people. What happened in America is that it ended up with 1
because they didn’t get the right second person.I always thought it was a 2 person
job. Ryan would obviously diagree agree with that, if there is anyone determined to
make it a 1 person job. But it's more fun.