Simon overheard saying “there is very little talent in the pool of contestants.”

Simon overheard saying “there is very little talent in the pool of contestants.”
If a Page Six item is to be believed, Simon Cowell isn’t that impressed with the American Idol 4 contestants who ended up in Hollywood. He’s apparently enamored only with “the country-western singer from Missouri,” Page Six reports, but thinks the rest are “Usher wannabes.” Harsh. The full report:

“He said that there is very little talent in the pool of contestants that made it to the finals in Los Angeles. … He said the rest were just a bunch of untalented ‘Usher wannabes’ and predicted the show would end up again with ‘someone like Ruben or Fantasia’ winning. He said Kelly Clarkson was the only one with talent who ever won and that, ‘without my pushing, Clay Aiken would never have gotten as far as he did,’ and ‘look how well he’s done.”

+ also: Simon is worth $70 million, gets paid $2 million a season for Idol, and is working on new shows.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.