<EM>American Idol</EM>'s Simon Cowell American Idol's Simon Cowell

Now that his legal battle with American Idol producer Simon Fuller (over the forthcoming series The X Factor) has been settled, Simon Cowell has inked a deal to continue on as an Idol judge for at least five  yes, I said five  more seasons. Says Cowell in a statement, "It's a personal thrill for me to play a role in giving the best young singers in America a shot at realizing their dreams," and/or crushing them.