The new season of “America’s Got Talent” is coming your way on NBC in a little over a week on May 31, but there is one thing that we already know you can expect that is a little bit different: Simon Cowell showing off more of his nice-guy side. We’re not going to say that he’ll suddenly be kind and complimentary, but he’s a little bit less of the angry and irritable judge that you saw on “American Idol” over the years. (If you’ve watched the British version of this show and seen him on it, you’ve already gotten a little bit of the idea here.)
In speaking further on the subject of his “persona” to TVInsider, Cowell makes it clear that there is a difference between the person many people have seen and the person you will see this season:
“Sometimes when I watch those American Idol clips, I do actually think I was just miserable! I felt I was almost becoming a parody of myself, and it was embarrassing. Now I find the bad acts just funny. I’m still the same person, but you’ll see me liking a lot more people.”
Also, Cowell can draw a fairly clear distinction between people he likes and acts; it’s not always as cut-and-dry as you would think where a bad act is automatically a bad person. There are some acts who could get through the judges in the first round just because you want to root for them, even if they are not always as good as you may want them to be in theory.
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