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Simon Lays Into Elton Over X Factor Digs!

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Uh-oh! Shiz's getting real!

Elton John is no stranger to speaking his mind, and has repeatedly sounded off about his distaste for reality shows like The X Factor and its creator, Simon Cowell, but now, it looks as though the icon is getting a taste of his own medicine!

Cowell has responded to his criticism, and it ain't pretty! He says:

"Well, look. This is somebody who charges what — a million dollars a private gig? Two million dollars, you know? I don't know whether he's concerned about himself…but…they always bleat on that we're not giving other people a chance. And I always want to say to them, 'I tell you what, you just made a million dollars off — off your last private gig. Go and give it to a bunch of young musicians you care about, put them in the studio. Go and nurture them. Go and spend some time looking after them.' Then I'll buy your argument. They — they're only worried about themselves."

Damn! We hate to admit it, but…touché!

Let's hope that this doesn't cause another retaliation for Elton! This disagreement doesn't need to get any uglier!

What do U think?? Team Simon or Team Elton??

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18 comments to “Simon Lays Into Elton Over X Factor Digs!”

  1. 1


  2. 2

    good answer via Simon

  3. 3

    mmmmmm okay … team cowell on this one for how he answered . im not an xfactor fan , but i do watch it sometimes , and there are pretty amazing people on there .

    elton john is a legend . but i totally agree on what simon answered .

  4. 4

    Team Elton. BTW he has talent, what's Simon's. Simon spends his money on himself end of!!
    Idol has brought us one big star. If you like country music which I can't stand,
    Carrie Underwood. Chris Daughtry is doing well, but he didn't win Idol.
    Perhaps Elton should have wasted his money on that trashbag Fantasia?, maybe Clay or Rueben. Idol sucks, X Factor sucks….it's a waste of good TV air time.

  5. 5

    I'm with Simon because there are several flaws in the argument of "Killing the Music!" First, Simon is a TV producer who has every right to churn out shows to generate good business. Second, Simon did enough to promote good music and nurture new talent. Biggest examples? Carrie Underwood is one end to Susan Boyle to the other! Now, Elton John should explain what did he do to promote the music apart from his singing career? I don't see any big splash, isn't it? And also, Simon is responsible for many jobs in the Entertainment industry, big revenues but most importantly ordinary people come to his shows with a great hope to make a good mark. In my eyes, it's more than enough in terms of getting a good launch pad. After all, it's not so easy to get a decent break!

  6. 6

    Team Simon

    I agree, Elton John's just jealous giving other budding artists money & spotlight instead of himself.

  7. 7

    Amen Simon!! Simon neglected to mention that last million dollar private gig was for a pig who opposes gay marriage and research into HIV/AIDS. Elton has crossed over and become a complete a$$!!!

  8. 8

    Simon is brutally honest and he is right on this one. Sorry Sir Elton…

  9. 9

    Team Simon FOR SURE. I'm not a fan of X-Factor and I'm over American Idol, but it gives people a chance to get their name out there and get studio experience.

  10. Lumie says – reply to this


    Team Elton, always. There might be some truth in Simon's words, but I'll be Team Elton even when he's wrong, he's just that amazing.

  11. 11

    Team Simon, of course! Noone listens to the chattering of a doddling old codger (Elton), albeit an old codger whose music I love! Stick to singing, Elt.

  12. 12

    I will always love Elton but Simon is spot on! Point for Simon.

  13. 13

    Go Simon! Elton always feels the need to comment on just about everything. This time someone was not afraid to address his ignorant comments. He has always been about himself.

  14. 14

    The only team I am for is Team-Put-Your-Money-Where-YOUR-Mouth-is-Mario!

    When YOU put a million dollars towards mentoring an up and coming artist (and stop bleating on and on about Lady Gag Me), then and ONLY then would I take anything you have to say on this topic seriously. Until then, you are just the pot calling the kettle black.

  15. 15

    Re: Mizz_ Information – Where the hell have you been? Certainly not on this site much. Perez has posted many new up and coming artist and artist abroad we never would here about in the US. He also has his own record label. Not sure how well that is going but he is doing more than most other gossip sites when it comes to getting info and music of new artist out there.
    Team Simon. Elton is in a position now and has been for some time to mentor new talent.

  16. @v@ says – reply to this


    Touche. What, exactly, does Elton do to nurture budding musicians?
    (Elton's AIDS Foundation aside.)

  17. 17

    Simon is a scumbag, arrogant and just how much he made out of X Factor? One hit wonder winners and dumped them plus promoting talentless Cheryly Cole and walking proudly with his harem of ex-girlfriends.

  18. 18

    Elton John has become a egomaniacal, delusional, curmudgeon. He needs to take his money and new grandbaby and go off into obscurity.