Speculation has been building for a while, and Simon Cowell confirmed it today. He will be leaving American Idol after this season. I’ll still watch for as long as it takes everybody else to stop watching, but it certainly will not be as interesting.
Instead, Simon plans to be a judge and producer on X-Factor, which will be coming to America next year after its success in Britain. Fox also has the rights to this new show from Simon Cowell, and it will no doubt be a huge hit when it premieres.
X-Factor is pretty much American Idol with a handful of changes, such as allowing groups and older people to sing.