In an interview with The Mirror, ‘American Idol’ judge Simon Cowell blasted Britney Spears for courting the excessive attention she’s been receiving. “Britney has brought this on herself,” Cowell said. “I think she’s manipulated the whole thing, like waving a pregnancy test at the cameras. I’ve heard she won’t leave the house until there are enough photographers there. Even some of the biggest celebrities in the world manage to have a quiet life. Look at Tom Hanks, no one bothers him. So it is possible. I hated Britney’s last album [‘Blackout’]. That song ‘Gimme More’ sounded like a ringtone – it reminded me of that awful Crazy Frog song. Utter rubbish. She could well have had her last No.1. And certainly her last meaningful one.”
Cowell also was critical of Robbie Williams. “EMI pay him £80million and he goes on strike,” he said, referring to the singer’s bitterness over private equity company Terra Firma taking over the label last year. “If he felt that strongly then he should give all the money back. People are losing their jobs while he is doing nothing. I like Robbie, but the whole strike thing is complete nonsense. I think Take That appreciate their success a bit more. They don’t take it too seriously, and Robbie shouldn’t either.” Read more.