Pop Idol finalist Rik Waller lashed out at Simon Cowell for the cruel treatment he received from Mr. Nasty during the reality series. “Pop Idol is not about talent – it is about money and manipulation,” Waller, who was constantly hit by negative remarks about his weight from Cowell said. “The likes of Cowell are there to make a name for themselves, and if that means ruining people’s lives then so be it. His cruel taunts shatter dreams and he could destroy somebody if he carries on. Someone could end up killing themselves.” The story at thesun.co.uk has since been removed.
‘Idol’ Brits Bore Simon Cowell
August 3, 2003 – Simon Cowell has blasted the British version of ‘Pop Idol’ as “boring”, preferring ‘American Idol.’ He told Popworld magazine, “There are boring times but if we’re going to find a star, then it’s worthwhile. I prefer the American show, it’s more glitzy. But the new UK series could be the best yet.”
‘Pop Idol’ Set To Be Cash Cow For ITV
August 3, 2003 – The Sunday People reports that the second season of ‘Pop Idol’ is set to make a massive $197 million profit for ITV, as the network sees it as the answer to their poor Saturday night ratings. “No trick’s being missed,” an ITV insider said of the advertisement stuffed series. “Everyone knows it’s a cash cow and hopefully a ratings winner, too.”