TV Talent show for singers with little or no longevity in their career after being awarded a contract. An easy way to get a record contract while making a bunch of rich peeps a lot fo money.
After convincing the British public that they'll watch any old shit with pop idol, Simon Cowell sailed the atlantic to the crap-tv-with-high-ratings heaven that is the United States of America. With five times the audience, he was able to rake in five times the revenue. But due to the American publics willingness to indulge in this shit (I'll admit after watching a total of ten minutes of this, and 20 of the origianal, american idol was slightly better), he made ten times that amount. This was also due to selling off the rights to all manor of countries around the world.
If he didn't do american Idol, Simon would be stuck with nothing more than a London pad and his Aston Martin. Because of American Idol, he's got a bunch of other stuff too.
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