Does it really come as a shock that Simon Cowell isn't a great listener?
During an appearance recently on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, the American Idol judge admitted he's not always paying close attention to performances. So, just what is he up to as hopefuls sing their hearts out?
"I'm taunting [Paula Abdul] throughout the performance," Cowell said. "I'm saying to her, 'Try to say something interesting, try not to use the words mountain and lakes in your critiques because it's always: You'll climb mountains, you'll swim lakes, whatever.' "
But how can Simon judge contestants such as Chris Richardson if he's so busy bugging Abdul?
"I'll tell you a secret," he said. "I watch the dress run so I actually hear much, much easier what they really do sound like."
As for his American Idol picks, Cowell went with the favorites Jordin Sparks and Melinda Doolittle, but added:
"I wouldn't write off Blake Lewis or LaKisha Jones."