"Do I prefer Kelly Clarkson's music to Bob Dylan's? Yes. I've never bought a Dylan record. A singing poet? It just bores me to tears," Cowell tells February's Playboy, [according to the New York Post. The acerbic "American Idol" judge adds: "I've got to tell you, if I had 10 Dylans in the final of 'American Idol,' we would not be getting 30 million viewers a week. I don't believe the Bob Dylans of this world would make 'American Idol' a better show."Somehow I think the world is more of a better place for Dylan's words and music than it is for American Idol. Still... I wish this quote had been publicized a few months ago, if for no other reason than to see scads of people on the AI auditions covering Dylan just to piss Cowell off. I wouldn't be surprised (and even would like) to see a Dylan themed program as part of American Idol in the future... except that it's more likely than not that Dylan wouldn't participate. But, then, Zimmy did shoot a Victoria's Secret commercial a while back. So anything is clearly possible. I at least expect one or two of the hipper, smarter, more contrarian contestants to select a Dylan cut, especially if they really want to play up a rivalry with Simon to win sympathy from the crowd. But, I suspect the crowd really won't get Dylan either.
The funniest coincidence out of all of this is Dylan's "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" randomly played through my iTunes just as I started reading the story. How sychronistastical.