‘Pop Idol’ runner-up Mark Rhodes blasted acid-tongued judge Simon Cowell after losing in the show’s finale Saturday night to Michelle McManus. “I’ve never been a favorite with the judges, but they aren’t important anyway,” Rhodes told The Sunday Mirror. “The public no longer listen to what Simon Cowell thinks. Once his word might have been gospel, but not any more. People are making up their own minds, and deciding not to side with the judges. I’m determined to make it in the industry.”
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