American Idol: 9 Things Simon Cowell Wants You to Know

The live shows on American Idol haven't even kicked off yet and already there is drama. Simon Cowell addressed reports of arguments between he and Ellen DeGeneres, who he'd like to replace him next season and how much he really misses Paula Abdul.

1. Who does he think is going to win? Cowell is all for a woman being crowned the next Idol this season. "We've had a few years now of guys winning the show and I would say there is definitely a better chance of a girl winning the show this year, certainly than last year," he says. "I'd love to find a Taylor Swift, somebody who's relevant rather than just a contest winner."

2. It seemed difficult to cut Angela Martin and Shelby Dressel. Does he regret it? Two fan favorites, who both had auditioned several times, got the ax before making it to the Top 24. "Well, this was a difficult one because it all happened so quickly," Cowell says. "I think in hindsight it would have been much easier if we could have had maybe five or six days to think about it and really review the performances. But we had limited time and decisions were made relatively quickly on the day. Then when you watch it back you think, 'You know what? I could have made different decisions here.'"

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