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Simon Cowell Fires Back at Elton John on Piers Morgan Program
David Hope
Mar 11, 2011, 06:41

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Simon Cowell will be shown Monday on the Piers Morgan program on CNN. In the interview, Cowell takes his time to fire back against recent criticism that he has played a role in the demise of the music industry.

Cowell has recently taken heat from Elton John for taking over the music charts and having �killed talent� with his television programs that exploit the music industry. Cowell, 51, is well known for judging the singing competitions �The X Factor� and his help in the American success for Fox Television, �American Idol.�

Cowell shot back at the English singer-songwriter during an appearance on Piers Morgan Tonight, telling John to �Take the �1 million you make from a private gig and nurture young musicians like I do.�

Morgan also pointed out, �Certain people out there, and you - you know, you�ve seen the criticism - will say that you have single handedly destroyed the music industry.�

Cowell immediately went on the defense, saying such claims were �absolute rubbish.�

�I mean, it has no affect at all,� he said about the effect his shows have on the music industry. �Look, it doesn�t matter whether you�ve got a top 100 or a top 200. You know, what you want is people back into stores buying music. I mean, how can that be a bad thing?�

Meanwhile, the talent judge also commented on how he feels about the new American Idol.

�I personally think it is a better show than last year. I genuinely do,� he said. �I think what they�ve got is that it feels to me that they�ve got their energy back, that they�re confident, that they�re competitive.�

Source: UPI

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