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Simon Cowell took some time out from crushing the dreams of young hopefuls to attend Sharon Osbourne's Xmas Charity party this week. There's only less than a month to go before the next season of AI and evidently Simon and Ryan Seacrest are so excited about getting back to work they are actually getting along! Here's more:

"I was just on the phone with Simon, and we were talking about the auditions," Seacrest said at the 10th annual Best Buddies International Miami Gala. "We taped the auditions a couple of weeks ago."

And? "We didn't think we would go out and see the extremes that we saw. There is the extremely naive and the extremely good and not a lot in between, which is good," he said.

Idol will resurface on FOX with two-hour editions on Jan. 16 and 17.

Besides the extremes that Seacrest promises for the outset of the season, the show's executive producer, Cecile Frot-Coutaz, also said that at mid-season a big surprise event would also be revealed.

"Something we're working on is a big-event show, sometime in the middle of the season, something that will blow America away," she tells New York's Daily News. Frot-Coutaz would not reveal more.

Boo! I guess we'll just have to watch. For more pics of Simon and girlfriend Terri Seymour just read more

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