The "Straight Up" singer also revealed if she'd ever work with Simon again. Sound off below and check out the gallery above to see more pop stars then and now!
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At least for me, the show was never the same because she and I had such a connection and such a shorthand together.” Cowell said he is still close with the other co-stars, Randy Jackson and host Ryan Seacrest.
But “Idol” producers — whom Simon said he remains friendly with — have struggled to find a panel of judges to match the original chemistry and the panel has had many faces since he and Abdul departed.
Cowell also admits some missteps with the American incarnation of in its heyday, he says disappointing numbers incited too many changes and hobbled the series.
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While there were so many great moments from the epic sendoff, one of our favorites HAD to be Simon Cowell making a surprise appearance and reuniting with his former fellow judges Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson — and of course host Ryan Seacrest!
What made this so special was Cowell, who often has nothing but harsh things to say, got a bit misty as he reflected on all the fun memories of working on the show.