We have all known since before the night of the American Idol Finale, when Kris Allen was announced the winner of Season 8, that Simon Cowell felt Adam Lambert should have won the title. Simon has always said the goal of American Idol is to find an international star. This is all being proven now in Australia as Adam is knocking them over left and right. But I’ve always wanted to hear something directly from Simon stating specifically that Adam was it. And now, thanks to the rebirth of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, we have that!
On last night’s show (March 8, 2010), Simon was very jovial and goofy as he sat with Jay dodging questions about his upcoming wedding. Jay even brought Simon’s fiancee Mezhgan Hussainy out from backstage to sit with him for a few minutes. After Mezhgan left, they began talking about the current Season 9 line-up and Simon stated he likes Crystal Bowersox. And then it happened. The conversation turned to past winners, and being the true Adam Lambert supporter that he is, Jay stated “It seemed like the people that come in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, seem to shine and go on to produce more albums and do more things in show business than the #1 winners in the last few years. I mean Jennifer Hudson and of course Adam Lambert. . . ” and Jay continued. Simon answered with “. . . it becomes a popularity competition and that’s what I thought happened last year. I mean, I like the winner but I personally thought Adam should’ve won as an overall artist.”
I know it has made absolutely no difference in Adam’s huge success whether or not he was crowned the with the Idol title. And I’ve honestly let it go. But doesn’t it still feel good to hear what we all worked so hard for, directly from Simon’s mouth?
Watch and enjoy it for yourself. They begin talking about this with 1:05 left in the clip. Please be patient, it may take a few moments to load in.
~ Carol ~