'American Idol' Season 10: Did you end up missing Simon Cowell?


When Simon Cowell left "American Idol" after nine seasons, executive producer Nigel Lythgoe said the show would be taking the nice guy approach: "If you like people being mean to people, you'll miss it." So, did you miss it, "Idol" fans? The "it" being Cowell, of course.When Cowell announced he was leaving the FOX reality show, fans and critics were concerned "Idol" couldn't survive without him. In a poll, 55% of Zap2it readers voted that the show would be "terrible" without the British judge and said the show needed him. One year later, "Idol" proved that it can do just fine without Cowell, thank you very much. In fact, Season 10's finale ratings improved on Season 9's finale, which also acted as Cowell's swan song.But the question still remains: Does the show need Cowell?During the auditions, the new judging panel flourished. Every line out of Steven Tyler's mouth was pure comedy gold and Jennifer...



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