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American Idol Countdown

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


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JK-Boogie JK-Boogie 10 years
Crispet1...I don't like that idea...they had their chance and they blew it....they should not be allowed back
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
THanks Boogie! I wish it was a little bigger. LOL I remember that comment about Teri! Jaxon, for me it was after Kelly. Although I would watch some of the auditions.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
I heard that the big surprise thing is a wild card vote that can pull in any old contestants, even from past seasons. I heard this on the radio.
jaxon jaxon 10 years
Yeah BS I jumped off the idol train after Reuben
JK-Boogie JK-Boogie 10 years
Nice new avatar BS. Ryan has nothing but admiration for Simon you can see it in his eyes....he just winds Simon up because it makes good telly. My favourite comment from AI was when Simon told Ryan to lose the beard...referring to Ryan and Terri Hatcher.
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
The auditions are fun but seriously, I'm over this show.
paigesweetkisses paigesweetkisses 10 years
yay for american idol
pink_magnetism pink_magnetism 10 years
I bet the "big event" in the middle of the next American Idol season will be a night where the contestants can play instruments & their own songs. We had that in our last season of idol here in Australia.
Luna13 Luna13 10 years
the auditions are the best part! i love ittt!!
JennaV JennaV 10 years
JK....I tried to watch the British Top Model..... :oy: I lasted about 2 minutes. Soooooo boring and dumb. You were right.
JK-Boogie JK-Boogie 10 years
Simon's X factor just finished here so I am hungry for more and can not wait for American Idol as we get it here the same week that you guys watch it.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
HAHA, Samanna42, If someone wants to make complete idiots of themselves, I'm willing to watch. :p
Samanna42 Samanna42 10 years
I think the auditions are the best part. Is it bad that I enjoy getting a laugh at another person's expense? Oh well.
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
I actually can't stand the auditions. I hate to see the really earnest people crushed and I can't stand the fakes.
Imabeliever Imabeliever 10 years
Simon needs to work on his photographer poker face a little more..that is clearly a mental fuck you captured on film. ______________________________________________________ King and Queen of Crazy Town!
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
I can't WAIT for American Idol. My favorite episodes are usually the try-outs!
MelissaRivers MelissaRivers 10 years
First! Simon--you MUST have me and my mom guest judge some time!
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