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American Idol searches for next Simon Cowell

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Superstar replacement?

Only days since Simon Cowell announced his departure from American Idol and speculation is swirling about his replacement.

Superstar replacement?Another Simon from the UK, Simon Fuller, created the blueprints for the show with Pop Idol across the pond has indicated there's been a global outreach regarding people clamoring for the job.

Although it sounds like his phone is ringing off the hook, his company, 19 Entertainment, which produces American Idol isn't in a rush to fill it. Every day he gets a call from a superstar's agent in order to start discussions. Fuller said, "Everyone's interested, and that's going to go on month after month."

Interest isn't just generated in filling Simon's spot, however.

Simon Fuller has noted in enjoyment in the chemistry between Ellen DeGeneres and Simon Cowell. You may recall that Paula Abdul left the show over a salary dispute and was replaced by Ellen; episodes with Ellen will begin airing on February 9.

He said that Ellen is dynamic and that her relationship with Simon Cowell will "blow people away." In the meantime, guest judges filled in during the auditions such as Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham.

As Cowell leaves the show to produce The X Factor based on his hit series in the United Kingdom, a show which will debut in the fall 2011, American Idol will remain in its January to May rotation on Fox. Although fans and industry insiders are wondering how the show will go on without Cowell's harsh criticism of contestants and overall presence, the same people were wondering about Abdul's departure but almost 30 million viewers tuned in on Tuesday night despite her absence.

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