Simon Cowell was serenaded by Janet Jackson, former “American Idol” winners, roasted by pals, and very nearly upstaged by Bret Micheals, who won “Celebrity Apprentice” on Sunday and performed – quite well, in fact – on “Idol” last night.
But as a stark reminder to both Fox and viewers that TV’s biggest show recently had a major exit and would soon have another, someone named Paula Abdul also turned up at the Nokia Theater last night.
“Our partnership has brought me immeasurable joy,” she said, adding, that “no,’American Idol’ isn’t going to be the same without you, but only I can tell you, it will go on.”
Echoed Simon, not that he really needed to, “the show will go forward and it will be different…
And with that, the most famous product - irony alert! - of "American Idol" takes his leave. British born and brutal, Cowell couldn't sing (nor dance or act either, one assumes) and of course we never expected him too. But Simon did have one very shrewd act. Gimlet-eyed and acerbic, he long conveyed the impression that his assessments bore the weight of Solomonic truth. It was a nice if occasionally fictitious touch, but also helped make "Idol" one of the most successful shows in American television history.
Now, Fox must find a replacement. That may be difficult. On Tuesday, reporters caught up with one
of the rumored candidates at the opening of "