Simon Cowell prefers X Factor to American Idol, as seen through ski trip giveaway

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 12, 2010 10:40 am

So there you have it. Simon Cowell and American Idol are no longer an item. He made the official announcement yesterday, and was apparently pretty emotional about it. Surprising. Simon’s new venture involves bringing the British talent show, “The X-Factor” to the States. We could tell for a while that he preferred “X”, considering over the holidays he gave the winner of the show, Joe McElderry, a luxury ski trip to the Austrian Alps! Come on! A source told The Sunday Mirror: “Joe’s been skiing before but not like this. This will be the full, lavish, celebrity treatment in mega-luxury. When Simon treats someone, he really treats them.”

No love for American Idols? I don’t remember Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, or Kris Allen getting a kick-ass ski trip! Cowell ponied up $40,000 for Joe’s trip. Better have been some good pow.

Here’s new American Idol judge Ellen DeGeneres talking about Simon’s announcement yesterday: