Simon Cowell has confesswed that he was overly cocky at the launch of X Factor USA, admitting he made mistakes on the Fox talent show.
The music mogul a prediction before the series aired that it would reach 20 million viewers, but it has fallen way short of that number. Despite strong weekly ratings, his talent show hasn’t soared near the numbers of Simon Fuller’s American Idol.
Cowell also confessed in a press conference that he had overestimated how successful the programme would be after a single run.
“I’m cocky by nature,” he said. “But I’d come off a massive final in the UK, I had adrenaline, I couldn’t wait to put the show on here and it’s gonna take a little bit longer than I thought.”
He added, “I learned that I’m not American – that was a big factor of where I got things right and where I got things wrong,” said Cowell. Commenting on his act Melanie Amaro’s final song choice, he revealed that he had made last-minute changes. “[The song] was too British and too old for her – I’m trying to think American,” he said.
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