Previewing the American Idol Finale, Simon Says....
Simon Cowell by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage.com
's got pipes that cannot be beat.
rocks a contemporary beat. For that reason alone,
has no prediction to make about the forthcoming
finale. "I can't call it, because I think they've both got different strengths," he told TVGuide.com during a conference call to tout the new (and totally improved) season of that other
(premiering June 6). "One is a better entertainer, and one is a better singer. It will come down to what they do on [Tuesday]."
Later in the call, Cowell dissed the dismissal of critical darling
, but stopped short of saying it cripples
's credibility. "I didn't agree with the vote, but more people should have dialed for Melinda," he said plainly. "When you allow the public to choose, you've got to live and die by the vote. It's as simple as that."
's season gone by - one marked by a famously coiffed crooner - Simon confessed, "I
crazy. The panel is wacky, and therefore I think the contestants should be a bit strange as well." Specifically of
's stint, he said, "The whole thing was hysterical. I don't think I'd be happy if he was in the finals... but looking back, I thought he was quite amusing."
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