The beef is on between Simon Cowell and Elton John! Sir Elton had recently said that he held reality shows like X Factor responsible for having “killed talent” in the United Kingdom, making comments like “Can any X Factor people cut the mustard?” Guess who’s bringing that show to the U.S.? Exactly… Simon Cowell! And if you thought he would take it sitting down, then you were so very wrong.
Simon appeared on Piers Morgan‘s show on CNN and gave it right back to Elton saying, “Well, look. This is somebody who charges what—a million dollars a private gig? Two million dollars, you know? I don’t know whether he’s concerned about himself, but, they always bleat on that we’re not giving other people a chance…” And that’s not the best part! He finished his scathing repartee saying, “And I always want to say to them, ‘I tell you what, you just made a millions dollars off—off your last private gig. Go and give it to a bunch of young musicians you care about, put them in the studio. Go and nurture them. Go and spend some time looking after them.’ Then I’ll buy your argument. They’re only worried about themselves.” So he basically called Elton John self-centered. Excellent. We’re waiting for a response, because you know there’s going to be one. We’re also backing Simon on this one because in terms of music, he really does put his money where his mouth is.
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