When "American Idol" first came on the air, most American’s had never heard of Simon Cowell.
Now that the show is the most popular series on U.S. TV, would the producers of the show have the guts to replace Cowell with another unknown, even it this person is the right one for the job?
That’s the question veteran TV critic–and good TVWeek friend–Ed Martin posits in his latest column.
Martin, who’s been a huge "Idol" fan since day one, writes that his choice is, "Gareth Malone, the well-informed, tough-talking, razor-sharp star of the BBC reality competition-observational documentary hybrid series ‘The Choir,’ in which he tirelessly trains kids and teenagers to sing in classical music groups at schools or in communities that generally do not offer music programs for young people."
Other than Malone, Martin says the only other person he can see replacing Cowell is "Anastasia Brown, who crisply and efficiently weeded out the weakest performers without batting an eyelash on the now-defunct ‘Nashville Star.’ But I’m pretty sure there’s no way the Idol producers will go with three female judges next year, so I say make a play for Malone."