Simon Cowell with Season 3 "X Factor" winners Alex & Sierra [photo: Reuters]
So, who could ever take Simon's seat on the "X Factor" judging panel? Speaking exclusively to Yahoo's Reality Rocks backstage after the finale, he said: "Who would replace me? Hopefully someone with the same kind of experience as me. The job I do well is I do know how to make hit records. And I do that in my day job. I think that's what we need more of on these shows — people who've made records, rather than just sang records. I've always had a theory of, how much does a singer want another singer to do well? I kind of query that — because I know what singers are like!"
"The X Factor" caught a lot of flak this season (some of it deserved), but Simon, the mentor of excellent, credible Season 3 winners Alex & Sierra, seemed pleased with how things ultimately panned out. "The last three weeks worked," he stressed, referring to Alex & Sierra's multiple, unprecedented iTunes hits. (Runner-up Jeff Gutt and third-placer Carlito Olivero also charted respectably.) "From a record-company perspective, which is kind of where I look at it from, we started to get it right. I'm not going to say what I would and wouldn't do differently [in Season 4]…but the show has to be relevant. You have to believe, like with Alex & Sierra, that you're going to find a star."
As for the irony that "The X Factor's" lowest-rated season just may have yielded its most successful winner, Simon said: "Look, I'm not going to lie — both [ratings and record sales] are important. If you don't have big ratings, you've got a problem. And if you can't produce stars, you've got a problem. Somehow the two have to work together."
We'll see what happens with "The X Factor" next year. In the meantime, check out Simon's interview above, and interviews with fellow judges Kelly Rowland and Demi Lovato below!
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