Simon Cowell's replacement won't be named until after the "American Idol" May 26 season finale, according to an anonymous show source quoted by Entertainment Weekly.
Am I shocked? Not really. I don't expect an announcement in the near future -- with the only exception being a last-minute attempt to bolster ratings. But "Idol" execs aren't that desperate.
My interest in Simon Cowell's replacement has waned. Sure, it's critical to the show's future, but "Idol" also has to address equally important problems: like the declining quality of talent.
I bet Simon's replacement will be someone whose name hasn't even entered mainstream discussions. Madonna, Perez Hilton, Howard Stern? No way.