Simon Cowell: 'Glee' has changed the rules
March 25th, 2011
02:50 PM ET

Simon Cowell: 'Glee' has changed the rules

Once you start cheering for the American version of  "The X Factor," you can thank "Glee."

According to Digital Spy, "X Factor" creator Simon Cowell says the hit Fox show about a high school show choir helped inspire him to bring his British show stateside.

"If somebody said to me five years ago that one of the biggest pop stars or groups in the world was going to be a glee club, I never would've believed it," Cowell said. "What they've done with 'Glee,' I believe, is that they've broken away all boundaries; all shapes, all sizes all mixed together, but it just works."

On "Glee," it's all about the talent, and each glee club character is an individual with different styles. The success of the show speaks volumes, Cowell said.

"It kind of goes against record company thinking... because they like to think in terms of everything's gotta be perfection," he said. "But 'Glee' changed the rules and that's part of the reason we are making this show. To prove that actually you shouldn't have rules for talent...It should be, if you're talented or if you're different, you should have a chance to succeed along with anyone else."


Filed under: Celebrities • Music • Simon Cowell • television • X Factor

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  7. John

    Just the fact that this show has so many people watching it, talking about it, writting about it and commenting on it just shows you what an impact this show has. Put simply, the show is entertaining. That's why I watch it.

    March 28, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. neighter

    For Glee, they use songs that are already HITS. Sure, some of the kids can sing, but they are not really on the same level as the "real artists" that initially created the songs. Not one of those kids is on the same level as a John Lennon or Billy Joel or Carole King, etc. Glee is the tv equivalent to a cover band that is really good at playing covers. Are they "artists"? Not in my mind.

    March 28, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Another Deadhead for Peace

    By your unkind words, sir you show us all who you are. I have no hateful words to throw back at you, only pity for the darkness in your heart.

    March 28, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  10. Another Deadhead for Peace

    What I loved about the Dead is that they opened my ears to so many types of music I might not have explored otherwise: Blues, Jazz, old Country music, the list goes on. Most Deadheads I know are loving, intelligent people who respect other people's point of view. But even amongst Deadheads, I've met a few SOB's.

    March 28, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  11. Gobble down my turds

    I will take a dump in your topsy turvy tomato planter.

    March 28, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  12. I don't get it

    I do not get it when someone's main complaint against Glee is that they don't sing their own songs. It's about a high school glee club/show choir. How many of them do you know of that write & preform their own songs??

    March 28, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  13. Doo Doo El Monstro

    When sun go down I fly over your house and drop many doo doo bombs of love.

    March 28, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  14. Kill your tv

    Simon Cowell knows as much about real music as Homer Simpson knows about nuclear physics. He knows what will turn a quick buck.

    March 28, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  15. Aldrin Scott

    I've never seen glee or idol, but I do have some recommendations for anyone willing to listen to new music.

    Bushwick Blues – Delta Spirit
    Oh My Life – Beth Rowley
    All Roads Lead Home – Golden State
    Julie June – A Silent Film
    Let Go – Everest
    Dead American Writers – Tired Pony
    Into The Mirror – Minus The Bear

    March 28, 2011 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  16. david williams

    No need to argue, just say "Bless your heart".

    March 28, 2011 at 4:28 am | Report abuse |
  17. Susan

    Video ruined musical talent and how its perceived, we can thank MTV for that. Before MTV, music was about music, now its about video/film.

    March 28, 2011 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  18. Kill your tv

    They keep adding channels, but the shows are crap! Kill your tv before it melts your brain! Now there's boys kissing boys! Abomination!

    March 28, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  19. GUNS N ROSES BITES

    Guns n Roses could have been great with a different singer. AR's voice sounds like cats being burned alive!

    March 28, 2011 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  20. Denny

    You people obviously have lives that suck pretty bad if you all have time to put so much energy into trashing a tv show. How do you know Glee sucks unless you watch it? Find more important things to focus on and just maybe you'd all realize the GOP is trying to turn us into another country run by the religous right and corporate thugs who own them. Then you'd have nothing but TV preachers to watch so wake the heLl up.

    March 28, 2011 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  21. GUNS N ROSES SUX

    Axl Rose singing sounds like someone putting a cat in a garbage disposal.

    March 28, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  22. Jelly roll

    We don't need more singers. We need more people who an create brilliant music. We call them musicians.

    March 27, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  23. sniper

    What's Glee?

    March 27, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  24. al

    Cnn munches a phat c##k for displaying this trash

    March 27, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  25. ....

    DO YOU KNOW THAT SOUND CHIMPANZEES MAKE WHEN AGITATED??
    THAT'S WHAT WHITE PEOPLE HEAR WHEN BLACK PEOPLE TALK.

    March 27, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  26. james walsh

    Jerry and the dead are amazing! GNR, one of the best rock bands ever! But to talk trash about the talent of the dead make u more of a tool than anyone! Ur both snobs+snots!

    March 27, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  27. james walsh

    And glee is a waste of time ond life, only disgusting sheep would think its good or entertaining

    March 27, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  28. james walsh

    Simon cowell is nothing close to a music prodigy and knows only what will sell in the untalented pop world! 90 percent of pop is worthless! And simon is 99 percent worthless so do the math! Every music in this world has good aspects, some more than other and hard rock has a lot more than anything, anything simon has ever "found"! He's a piece os $#!+ and I hope gets murdered! And jesus was nothing but a lying jew!

    March 27, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Neil n Kansas

    I'm digg'n Glee!

    March 27, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  30. cincinnati_native

    I wish they would bring back route 53 bus cuz the route 24 takes to damn long and is constantly late

    March 27, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Moman

    Andy Rooney. 60 Minutes tonight. CBS cares.

    March 27, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  32. JayMan55

    This is the most compassionate statement I've ever heard Simon Cowell make. Is he coming down with something...perhaps a case of being human?

    March 27, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Jagged

    I do not like Glee.
    I do not like Simon C.
    I do not like the direction the nation is going.
    No shame what-so-ever.
    Glee is a targeted show, aimed at our youth.
    Those chickens are going to come home to roost one day.
    They will be left scratching thier heads wondering, "What happened?"
    "Where did we go wrong?"

    March 27, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Richard Simmons

    That show is so gay, I won't even watch it.

    March 27, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Sarah Clinton

    We have the freedom to say what we want. Buy stop acting as if you are all music experts. Do you have a recording company? A successful musician maybe? If you don't like glee then don't watch it.

    March 27, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  36. zach h.

    lea michelle is very talented... now the others I can't speak for, but you cannot write them all off as talentless...

    And to be more on topic, why hate on something like this? Simon Cowell doesn't suger coat what he thinks, but his being a truthful music critic on american idol has NOTHING to do with his thoughts on glee.

    March 27, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  37. Pat Twist

    All the ignorant gay bashing Glee haters amuse me. Such wasted energy and unnecessary vitriol from these pathetic losers. I almost pity their sad, dismal, sheltered lives. I said "almost".

    March 27, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  38. j fultz

    Simon is a mean spirited individual, who gets paid for giving an opinion. Hes not a big deal. I think this years panel of American Idol judges is the best. A true trio of talented, knowledgable, kind americans who rely on their experience and brains to make AI an exciting season and not their rudeness, airheadedness, child like bickering which was such a drag.

    March 27, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  39. Rock Lives! Jam On

    @rocknRoller- Dude, really? GNR? Screamin Hair Metal is okay for a little while, but I like the Jam scene. Stared with the Grateful Dead, but we have Widespread Panic, Umprey'4 McGee, Tea Leaf Green.... real musicians who can out–mprovise the jazz guys any day! check out the Jam On Channel on Sirius/Xm Radio! that'4 REAL Rock. Oh yeah they have a Heavy Metal channel, too.

    March 27, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
    • you'reatool

      You are a huge mega tool. G-N-R's old stuff rocks.The dead stinks, will always stink & will forever stink. Thank goodness Jerry is gone. You think you are cool because you appreciate lesser known & celebrated artists. You are a snob & a snot.

      March 27, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerry Garcia was known for eating his own feces...

      I never liked the grateful dead and never understood the following. Garcia could sing and play but pretty much was just a fat turd rolling drunk around in the gutter. And Bob Weir shouldve been tossed into a rubber room long ago. F the dead.

      March 28, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  40. Bel

    I'm quickkly turning on my GPS to get outta here.

    March 27, 2011 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
  41. Mark

    What a load!!
    Glee isn't changing the record companies idea that "everything has gotta be perfect" at all.
    They're taking a ragtag group of kids who have rare singing talent and pretending they're all buddies now and supportive of each other (pretty much the same bs plot line of any school oriented teen show) and then they're cramming them all in to a sound booth every week and autotuning the hell out of their cover tunes so they can later lipsync while dancing. Pretty much the same agenda the record company has been pushing for the last 20 years.

    Simon Cowell is full of crap. American Idol and Glee are both pushing the music industry in the wrong direction. Taking the soul and individuality out of music and making it more about persona and and cookie cutter technology.

    March 27, 2011 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
  42. Serina

    oh you guys im stupid and my last comment proves it sorry

    March 27, 2011 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
  43. serina

    Stop hating on glee! I have no idea why you people think it's all autotuned. Lea Michelle and Mathew Morrison are both on broadway! They even have the audition for the cast on youtube. Besides it gives teens something to relate to specially when they get bullied.

    March 27, 2011 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Parking attendant

      GayGlee is nothing more than a smelly pile of horse manure and its fans eat horse manure. They have rotted their brains on such trash tv with all this gay nonsense. Grow up ya tards.

      March 28, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  44. ur all g a y!

    Ur all a bunch a f ing losers, get a life, morons, musta all been band f a g s!

    March 27, 2011 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  45. saftgek

    Simon Cowell drifted into celebrity from who-knows-where (who the H_ _ L is/was he, anyway). He is a vile, vulgar, self-serving, self-important, boorish, narcissistic, egotistical bully who has no business being in the public eye. Sadly, the continued dumbing-down of the USA with the tripe that passes as entertainment causes masses of people to embrace so-called "reality T.V."

    I have yet to identify a "reality" show that is real in any way. Turn a camera on people and they are anything but "real." Television, for the most part, is an entertainment desert.

    It is my fervent hope our country will experience a social epiphany, come to collective senses, and embrace legitimate broadcast programming.

    March 27, 2011 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  46. art vandolaye

    Making any reference to Glee is idiotic and very gay. -Art

    March 27, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  47. GleeSucks

    How about an episode of Glee where an earthquake hits and a tsunami takes the entire cast out. NO ONE WOULD CARE.

    March 27, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
    • GleeRocks

      More like if you were hit by one, we surely wouldnt care and I am guess that someone be help to know you were gone. I love glee and if you dont like it. I dont really care.

      March 27, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
    • cbass

      GleeRocks – You must care because you made a comment. Oh, for the record, GLEE is unoriginal, time-wasting bs.

      March 27, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  48. troll1

    Man forget him its all about Rebecca Black.

    March 26, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Just the facts, ma'am, just the facts

    I think this may just be a conspiracy (by both the left and the right) to lull everyone to sleep so the Washington insiders can continue to pillage our country......

    March 26, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Archie Bunker

    If youse fairies can't reproduce, how come there seems to be more of youse now than 10 years ago? Good Lord, tell me it's not contagious!

    March 26, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  51. glee sux

    Why would you pump your buddys backdoor when girls are so much hotter with a shaft in their tailpipe!

    March 26, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Gaucho420

    I like to blaze it up and then my gay tendencies come out! We iz lovin da fudge packin! I just wanna suk da schlonger!

    March 26, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Cambob

    Most dudes don't like da schlongs....but I do. I slam my disco stick into da pooper of my buddy daily. We love to play hide the sausage!! Every time it gets jammed, we be using da lube. Goo, spoo and poo!!

    March 26, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  54. glee sux

    I would gape the poop shute of Lea Michelle and give her a dirty sanchez

    March 26, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  55. madhater

    Blogger iz gonna jump on your nuts.

    March 26, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Gaucho420

    Hardly. I and many others in the male demographic have fled network TV in droves as there's nothing for us to watch. Its no wonder UFC, COD and other more male oriented entertainment is flourishing as well.

    US network TV is absolutly attrocious and a key group has feld in droves. Glee is more of the same. Before you jump on me, check out the demo stats for yourselves and compare them to the demo from 20 and 10 years ago.

    March 26, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Blogger

    I iz a gay freak. I wanna rock some dudes with my big chubby shaft! Let's party down with other fairies. I just wanna schlob your knob!

    March 26, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  58. madhater

    I will never watch Glee or Gay Factor, sounds gay.

    March 26, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Rock N Roller

    For those of you that think rock/heavy metal is dead, your wrong! Guns N Roses is excellent. As are all the 80s Glam Bands...Poison, Cinderella, Skid Row, ect...Open up your ears and listen. They didnt need auto-tune.

    March 26, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Klaark

      Give them ten more years and dead is what they'll be. You know they made music past 1989, right? Naw, you don't know.

      March 26, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Ho-Hum

    Glee is just as bad as all the rest of the tv shows that have been airing lately. BORING! Those kids may be good actors (not), but they arent good singers. Its all fake and auto-tuned. Anyone can sound good with that. Simon doesnt effect Glee 1 way or the other. And since that gay kiss/story line, its gotten even worse. Hopefully this will be its last season.

    March 26, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  61. madhater

    Yep the videos starting in the early 80's killed music, you're retarded.

    March 26, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  62. mael

    Hey, Glee is amazing show! two gay boys rocks! i have gay and lesbian friends. yall suck!

    March 26, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  63. madhater

    @tdtmd you get a pink sock too!

    March 26, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Blogger

    we all know about CW, Bob, and the many names he uses. best to ignore him. he ain't worth it.

    March 26, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Yuk Foo

    All of you clowns need some new material! The funny part is you all feel so smug and superior when you're a bunch of weak-wristed pansies!

    March 26, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Silence of the lambs

    IT RUBS THE LOTION ON IT'S SKIN, OR ELSE IT GETS THE HOES AGAIN!!!!

    March 26, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  67. thedaythemusicdied

    What killed music? I would have to say that music videos killed the music (video killed the radio star). Couldn't be more true if it were spoken by the Holy CW or Bob, or Madhater (all of which are the super rightious Godly same person) But i digress. When music videos first came popular in the very early 80's, We all knew that it wasn't going to be enough to be a talented song writer or musician to get a contract or promoted. Suddenly if you wanted a career in music, you have movie star qualities as well. So we can all kiss quality music goodbye, there will be no bands like Heart, the eagles, Pink floyd, there will be no stevie wonder, or Roy Orbison. if you aren't pretty or don't have silver screen quality, it just won't happen for you. if you are not a twink with teeth whiter than the pearly gates. find a different career. Sad to say but it's true!

    March 26, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  68. madhater

    Hey you hurt my feelings. Now I'm gonna ram you in your butthole and give you a pink sock.

    March 26, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  69. madhater

    I am gay and I talk real funny! I am a flaming freak. I love to get da fat ol disco stick in da pooper! It is the bomb!! Let's hook up and rock this town!! Wow, now I have a headache.....mainly from getting my noggin rammed into the headboard!

    March 26, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  70. madhater

    I think gay people are gay, they talk funny too. Gives me a headache.

    March 26, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  71. glee sux

    Glee Sux cheesy nutz but I would definitely dip my wick into that brunette's chocolate pudding

    March 26, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  72. CW BOB & SMYLEY

    @BOB AKA CW. You are a disgusting FR EAK! Under your alias "CW" you are a self rig htious bib le thu mper who thinks that everyone that doesn't believe the way you do, are wothless pieces of Sxxt. Then you sign in using a different name like "BOB" and spew nothing but v ile trash, which is probably what you really are. G ay people upset you so much that you get on here and rant like you do talking about "m an sht icks, and Po op Chutes". . In hopes to get others on your bi ble pushing issues. How about having a little respect for those who are different from you. You want to portray g ay people as being v ile, perv ersive, and pedo philes, when in reality that's what you are. And then you stand behind you're bible like some child mo les ting preacher. You remind me of the sick fr eak from "Sil ence Of The La mbs"! But everyone can see right through you. Just to let you know. I know a lot of g ay folk, and none of them talk like you do under your fake names. And you are not g ay, you are the clear definition of a sick fr eak! get help dude!

    March 26, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  73. madhater

    Simon produced Eddie Murphy's p.o.s. Album. I don't like people that don't listen to hard rock, metal.

    March 26, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Plop

    Yes, I am a loser. I live in the parents basement and can't hold down a job. Since I got canned at the adult bookstore, everything has been brutal. I am chubby and have bad acne. I love to get rammed in da pooper. See ya!

    March 26, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  75. "Velvet" Washington

    You. The music makes me bootie go bouncin. I don't listen to no lyrics...just the sound of your meat stick slapping my floppy pancakes! Just bend me over and ram dat poop chute! Lata!

    March 26, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Bob

    Ha dee ha partee! I am a flaming fruit. I like to bob the knob!! I love to get rammed in da pooper! See ya.

    March 26, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  77. erich555

    Rock is dead. :(

    March 26, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  78. David Band Sarasota

    He is a wonderful talk show host.

    March 26, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  79. c

    A country music "joke" song.. would be tweety bird and elmer fudd singing "my wife came back my dog came back and i got my truck back..And then i went fishin..." i found the lyrics to i'll pray for you hateful in the extreme..the airplane part made me think of 9/11.. and there is enough hatred in the world without stuff like that

    March 26, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Plop

    Shut up! All of us here are losers. Simon has the millions. So shut up

    March 26, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Loquetia "Velvet" Washington

    Honey, dance music ain't fo de ears, it's fo de booty! Who care 'bout de lyrics, I just want a 'lil sumthin-sumthin to get my booty bouncin'!

    March 26, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  82. @smyley25

    If it's auto-tuned dance music you like, I guess that's all right if you wanna be that way, just don't expect me to agree with you. I like my music more mentaly stimulating than THUMP-THUMP-THUMP-THUMP-THUMP!

    March 26, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Lindsay

    Oh please. Enough, music snobs. I'd much rather listen to a fun dance song, pre-recorded, auto-tuned if it happens to be and able to danced to than sit and watch some scruffy guy sit on a stool and play the accoustic guitar and act like he's there to emotionally enlighten me. Pretension and taking yourself so seriously does nothing for me. I have absolutely no interest in live music unless it was a musical or something else high energy. I'm also mature enough to know perfectly well that those kinds of musicians you all are referring to are often extremely talented and should get all the opportunities they deserve. The only big time musicians I know pay slow intense music like that, and I hardly think that they should stop and play "real" music, which for me would be dancey stuff. How absurd! I liked intense music in high school when i was angsty and lovestruck, but that bores me to tears now that i'm a happy adult. I don't care for anyone's lyrics. Love songs and heartbreak songs are all the same, accoustic or autotuned, boring and overdone. But that's just me, not a statement about the genre in general.

    No real musician or fan of music would say that their kind of the music is the only REAL kind of music, because you are disrespecting the whole art form. You can think something is terrible, but you don't have the right to call it "not real music" or people who listen to it idiots. Don't sit around and hate on success even if you don't like their music, get off your butt and go pound the pavement like most musicians have to do.

    March 26, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Dd

      I like most kinds of music and listen to dance music in my car. If you want something that is good live, find some jazz music. I won't listen to recorded jazz music but when it is live, it is fantastic with all of the improvisation. Try it-you might like it.

      March 26, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  84. @smyley25

    The good music is out there. You have to look for it. Ignore the top 40 crap, and really listen for the good stuff. Don't settle for slickly produced forgettable crap!

    March 26, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  85. @smyley25

    G-N-R could have been a great band without that whiny Axl Rose! Check out your city's local music scene! Bands can put out their own CD's now. Buy direct from them and screw the big music companies!

    March 26, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  86. macdaddymac

    I hate all the talent shows and all the forgetable trash on the radio. We need a game changer a band to come out and blow the world away live G-N-R did. And all these fake talent shows will go away

    March 26, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  87. @smyley25

    Hate to break it to you smyley25, but not everyone is nice. There are always gonna be SOB's in this world. And stupid sheep that buy popular music instead of good music! Simon is an a$$, and so are you!

    March 26, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  88. laurie mattern

    I think its great that the ideal group or person has changed ! if only th fashion world would catch up with the real world !

    March 26, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  89. frank

    These kids r talented, glee rocks, forget simon

    March 26, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  90. frank

    Glee rocks, these kids r talented, who cares about simon?

    March 26, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  91. Cody

    What a load of crap. Glee is Auto-tuned and overproduced. No one sounds original or has any talent. To say it's aboout talent and then digitally fix the music to make it perfect and get it produced in such bulk is hiprocosy. No wonder people like him and Max Martin control the worlds annoying music.

    March 26, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • nerdgirl

      Yes, they are auto-tuned, which sucks, but they are also talented. Several cast members have been in Tony award winning musicals. Once they leave the studio after recording, they have no control over what the producers do to the songs.

      March 27, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  92. c

    @ smyley25 mabey if people all let go of hatred and anger and the idea that there should be a balance between good and evil and choose ALL GOOD all the time then the idea of heaven could be reality...interesting concept huh?!

    March 26, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  93. russell spadaccini

    Well said smyley25!

    March 26, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  94. Cheis

    Smart move Simon, link your experimental investmemt in the US to one of the most popular shows on TV now...

    March 26, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  95. c

    After listening to ke$ha and nikki manaj lyrics.. i think the music industry needs people who can write lyrics about something better than teenagers getting drunk and shut down by the popo..and the stalker seeming train song "marry me" some music has turned crappy due to valueless lyrics..like the country song " i'll pray for you"

    March 26, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • as

      The county song is a joke on things. It's the first of its kind and I think its funny

      March 26, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  96. smyley25

    Wow. My opinion is that some of you that posted should re-think what type of "image" your portraying for the world to see. I'm all about free speech but don't think being disrespectful and ignorant were the goal...can't people just go back to basics "treating people the way you want to be treated" and "if you don't have something nice to say don't say it at all." Hate breeds hate. Kindness and caring is what the world needs-there are enough horrible things happening in the world, without positive influence there will not be balance.

    March 26, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  97. Yuk Foo

    If Simon Cowell's name is on most of your CD collection, then you are truly a poor excuse for a multi-cellular organism! Plankton has more sense than you!

    March 26, 2011 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  98. nukinfutz

    It's just an updated / recycled version of 'Fame' wich did well in its day.

    March 26, 2011 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
  99. RobA

    Anyone who has been a fan of Idol and a fan of Simon's knows he was in talks to bring XFactor to the US way before Glee became a hit. Also, anyone who has watched Oprah's Master Class about Simon Cowell knows how hard he has worked to get where he is today.

    March 26, 2011 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
  100. jdoe

    Shows like "American Idol" or "Glee" only proves what most people alread know, that A LOT of people can sing and perform. They're a dime a dozen. What we really need is not more performers, but more people who can create great music. Not the canned junk you hear nowadays, forgettable songs with no variety that sounds indistinguishable from one another. We need more creators, not performers.

    March 26, 2011 at 5:21 am | Report abuse |
  101. Brandon Lee

    Im a musician, i write my own lyrics, produce my own music and i recorded my debut album "Fighting to be me" in my bedroom at my parents. I shouldnt have to be on a tv show and made to look like a product when people with talent should be noticed. Im chunky but that dosnt mean im not worth a record execs time. I do the best i can with what i have. Simon where are you at? When are you gonna help me? Come look in my cd collection your name has production credits on most of them. Do me a favor and help me out... The music biz is the only thing that makes me so mad but it would ruin my dreams if it were ever gone. http://www.brandonleemusic.com

    March 26, 2011 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
  102. justme

    I hate Glee!!

    March 26, 2011 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
  103. dabigpayback

    Best song ever done on Glee: "Loser" by Beck. Simon Cowell is the 'Termite...who'se choking on a splinter!'...Yesssssss!

    March 26, 2011 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
  104. mr sharty dilf

    Chicka da china da chinese chicken! You have? I have shart in pant too! You have??

    March 26, 2011 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  105. Name*rebecca

    Amen

    March 26, 2011 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  106. Renee

    He's hot as hell

    March 26, 2011 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  107. Aaron

    glee sucks...

    March 26, 2011 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  108. Tex

    He may drive 253 mph in his bugatti but he still sucks a$$.

    March 26, 2011 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  109. tweety b

    Umm being a musical composer doesnt mean u can sing!! And Simon Cowell is awesome! He tells it like it is and honestly thats what they do in the music business but because everybody finally saw it on T.V. they want to call him a dick! I love glee because it shows diversity not just skinny chicks and dudes with muscles, it's real ppl that u can relate to! Music is messed up because of ignorant people who dont really knw music, not because of one man! Some of yall are true examples of that ignorance!!

    March 26, 2011 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  110. Bill & Ted

    Anthony Jack: Proves Simon Cowell knows very little about music, just what will sell long enough to make money before everyone gets tired of it and moves on to the next big thing!

    March 25, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  111. bluck mu

    Lo

    March 25, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  112. OEO YO HO

    That's what she said!

    March 25, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  113. drew

    And we have our first bible thumper sighting!

    March 25, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Anthony Jack

    How dare you critize a man like simon cowell.simon is a musical prodigy and has a great eye for musical talent to boot. Simon once said if it were up to him there would be no hard rock music. Simply brilliant.

    March 25, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      Tell me your kidding and not that much of an idiot. Certain "hard rock" and speed metal bands have some of the most extremely talented musicians the planet has ever seen. Just think of some of the drummers and guitarists that have come out of some hard rock bands....practically modern day classical musicians. but I guess your to dumb to realize that.

      March 26, 2011 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Pianoman

      How dare you "critize" us! Learn to spell.

      March 26, 2011 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
    • really?

      Why do some people have such a hard time recognizing sarcasm? ;)

      March 28, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  115. mamma

    I don't get Glee... I don't like musicals either. But, I love music. What's that all about?

    March 25, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Vashti

    Glee is for the simple minded and Simon is a business man.

    March 25, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Game Composer

    If Simon Cowell had been in charge we never would have had Billie Holiday, Jimi Hendrix, or Radiohead. The guy is a tasteless loser of the highest order, yet somehow the knuckledragging retards that comprise his audience think he's an authority on art.

    Cowell is a perfect example of why the music industry needs to be burned to the ground.

    And before any of you chime in with retorts on my own talent level, know that I work as a music composer for one of the biggest game studios on the planet. Simon Cowell is a turd that should be flushed.

    March 25, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pistol Pete

      OMG!!! That is soooo funny. Well said......and true.

      March 26, 2011 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Jersey Guy

      Couldn't agree more. I am a working muscian and it sad to see the amount of amazing raw talent that never really makes the light of day because of what guys like this have done to the business. Can you imagine Pink Floyd trying to get any attention at all today? And Glee well I guess it's a cute show that will run it's course but I personnally don't get it. The over produced and obviously tuned vocals would make live performance imposible so what's the point?

      March 26, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Peter Tosh

      I agree totally! Thank u.

      March 26, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve M.

      Cowell is laughing all the way to the bank, but I agree with what you said.

      March 26, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  118. Pistol

    Glee is trite.

    March 25, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Sam Worthington

    Glee is worthless as is Cowell.

    March 25, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  120. steve

    Susan boyle came from Britain's got talent

    March 25, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  121. r

    Interesting that Glee seems to be mentioned a lot lately when a celeb happens to be wanting to spew something to the media.

    March 25, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Brian

    This man, along with MTV and the drum machine have destroyed music.

    March 25, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      You're an idiot. Drum machine didn't kill anything. Idiots who support bad musicians killed music.

      March 26, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Drum machines are the devil's work. They can't come close to Neil Peart or Mike Portnoy.

      March 26, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      @Bob...you're not too bright are you?

      March 26, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      To use a drum machine, you have to have the same rhythm as you need to play an acoustic kit. If you think mike portnoy or Neil peart make their masterpieces in one unedited take, you dont understand the industry. To use a drum sequencer, you have to understand composing and notation. So to say synthetic drums is ruining music is just ludicrous. If anything, it enhances it.

      March 27, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      @Jeff – "All this machinery, making modern music, can still be open-hearted...it's really just a question of your honesty."

      – "The Spirit of Radio", lyrics by Neil Peart

      The machine itself is not bad. Creativity is still the key component.

      March 28, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Rush Fan

      "If you think mike portnoy or Neil peart make their masterpieces in one unedited take, you dont understand the industry." You ever seen Rush live? That is one, big, unedited take. Otherwise get their 2007 'Snakes & Arrows' record and listen to 'The Main Monkey Business'. Unbelievable instrumental cut that was recorded live with no overdubs. Mindblowing!

      March 28, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Ren

    Mark,

    I agree that Glee is the worst show in the history of mankind.. at least for dimwits like yourself, lo

    March 25, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom Frederick

      Actually, Glee is very entertaining as far as the music and stage production and is written to be something younger folks would like. I'm 61 and still like it. SM married and happy to be.

      March 25, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gaucho420

      I think Glee sucks and I'm a huge music fan, who listens to all kinds of music from many different eras. LIstening to high school kids sing other people's songs truly is NOT entertaining. But hey, Bieber, the Backstreet Boys, NSync and others were all popular as well.

      March 26, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Mark

    Glee is the worst show in the history of mankind.

    March 25, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Be Quiet

    "On "Glee," it's all about the talent, and each glee club character is an individual with different styles"

    Translation – Fat, ugly people can sing too.

    March 25, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • cairokid

      So HOW is ur singing? wonderdude?

      March 25, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • THe Goose

      talent? That prerecorded-edited junk

      March 26, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary Godwin

      There was a time when a singer didn't have to be a pole dancing hoochie mamma in order to be a successful singer. Mamma Cass would have never made it today. Glee can at least be applauded for attempting to remind us of that.

      March 26, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • johnnshere

      Glee is about how our schools are getting gayer and gayer!

      March 27, 2011 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
    • goglee

      Stop hating Glee. If you don't like it then don't watch. Nobody is forcing you to watch.

      March 27, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Kelly

      Nobody really cares if some losers don't like Glee–The ratings, awards, and audio downloads speak for themselves.

      March 27, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      Exactly! I like Glee, and I don't give a rat's hiney if some people think I'm a "nerd" because I watch is. Big deal. I'd rather be a nerd and be true to what I like to watch than to try to fit in and pretend I like stuff I hate and be miserable. Conformity is for losers!

      March 28, 2011 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
  126. MI Gal

    Susan Boyle is here in a sense. Everytime I look at cd's, there she is. Funny, too, It was in the classic rock section next to Aerosmith!!! Wierd, very wierd !

    March 25, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Head Diva In Charge

    Really, Glee made him think it would be a good idea to bring X Factor here? Not Susan Boyle?

    March 25, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laura

      Susan Boyle was not on X Factor.

      March 26, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      Um... Susan Boyle isn't American. He brought the show to America, because Glee made him realize people in America might actually care about talent and not just big boobs and V-cut abs. You know... because while there are some hot girls and guys on Glee, there are also some "normal" people.

      March 28, 2011 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Kissy boys

      Simon should have Fat Randy on X Factor and perhaps while sharing a tender moment they can kiss.

      March 28, 2011 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  128. jamie starr

    why thank you. jesus loves you to. as long as you agree with me.

    March 25, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Mike

    @hollywoodsurf

    Really? Where is the relevance? You are terrible. Stop posting this crap.

    March 26, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  130. Fiery Buddha

    Why do you say that? I've found his musical assessments to be spot on. Everybody wants to hear compliments, but it's the teachers like Simone that truly kick our ass and make us do better. Plus look at his success. And what have you done lately...?

    March 26, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  131. WTH?

    @B&T – Lol! I was thinking the same thing but u summed it up way better. He just sounds jealous and desperate. But, trying to play it cool. Bad.

    March 27, 2011 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
  132. Derf

    Me, too.

    March 27, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Mongo

    Yea...it smell real bad...you have boiled egg, raddish and mayo on rye for dinner?

    March 28, 2011 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  134. Your Mom

    I'll bet you munched that piece of poop cuz you are what you eat.

    March 27, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Susan

    Ever heard of white trash or trailer trash? Oh and btw, Im white and find your comments ignorant, guess that makes you the N word,lol

    March 28, 2011 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |

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