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Simon Cowell: A Big Fan of the Classics

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With Season 6 coming up before you know it, song selection is paramount to any contender's chances. This year's American Idol hopefuls should start boning up on the classics, if judge Simon Cowell's favorite songs are any indication.

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The sometimes surly Brit shared his playlist of all-time favorites on BBC Radio 4's "Desert Island Discs," revealing eight tracks that he couldn't live without if he were stranded in a remote area (which some fans undoubtedly wish here a reality). Only one, Daniel Bedingfield's "If You're Not the One," was released in the past 30 years.

Tops on Cowell's list is Bobby Darin's "Mack the Knife," which he called "the best song ever made, ever produced, ever sung."

Herb Alpert's "This Guy's in Love With You" is his pick for "sexiest song ever," while he named Charles Aznavour's "She" among "the most beautiful songs of all time." Cowell also said, according to MTV, that if given the choice of one item to bring to a deserted island, he'd choose a mirror.

Why? "Because I'd miss me."

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As a teacher, I understand Simon's attempt to give constructive critizm to EACH contestant. Actually, that IS his job! They need to know where they have room for improvement & Simon tells them. Unfortunately, Simon lacks being "constructive", but he DOES TELL them what they need to know - where they did good - & bad. My daughter is 16 & in the future may be on Idol herself. As I told her - LISTEN & VALUE his comment-improve your talent. If he hurts your feelings, call me & i'll word his critizm "CONSTRUCTIVELY" for you. EVERYONE NEEDS CONSTRUCTIVE CRITIZM - thats how improve our skill.

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I THINK SIMON IS HONEST BUT SOMETIMES HE CAN BE PRETTY HARSH TO THE CONTESTANTS BUT I WOULD BE HARSH TO IF I HAD TO LISTEN TO EVERY BAD SINGER LIKE AN HOUR GO DAVID COOK!!!!!

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Nobody has mentioned how incredibly cute he is. He has the same qualities of a little naughty boy. Between the "speaking his mind" to his flirting and poking at Paula and pouting, I think he is just adorable. Super rich, great looking, sence of humor with an English accent!! Drives me WILD!

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I love your show and i love whatever u do!!

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Simon, your so honest!!!!

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i love simon cowell he is the best

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I FEEL THAT SIMON MOTIVATES THE PEOPLE TO STRIVE HARDER. HE LETS THEM KNOW THAT ITS NOT A GAME. SO GET READY AMERICA I WILL BE YOUR NEXT AMERICAN IDOL......

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Well, I think that Simon actually isn't that bad. I really don't know why people hate him so much. Yes, it's true, sometimes he can be pretty harsh where it's not needed. But most of the time, he's right. Like take this week, for instance. When Blake sang "You Give Love a Bad Name", Simon said he sang it flat. I have to agree. Yes, the beatboxing was good, but the singing was... well... ughh! I think people are just to harsh on him because they like to prove hime wrong, just because he has a different opinion than them one time.

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Simon you r the kewlest guy on earth. To me you are not insulting your just saying your opinion and I luv u for that!!!

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I think that simon is a patheic loser who only thinks of himsef and his cash. I think hes crap. I wanna see him sing better than anybody he ever insulted.