I have missed AI over the Lenten holidays and I’m not sure if I can catch this week’s Top 7 episode (sob, sob, sob…)

But what is alarming is the Yahoo news that Simon might leave the show for good, at least after Season 8 is over.

True or not, it is distressing news. What is Idol without Cowell? With all due respect with Randy, Kara & Paula, Simon gives the most sensible, true and realistic critique albeit at times bordering on sounding rude.

But still, one of the show’s awaited segments is once he starts to open his mouth and in a clear-Brit tone lambast or praise each competitor’s performance.

I just hope the news is just a rumor to boost AI’s flailing ratings.