Yesterday’s end to Idol’s season doubled as the last appearance of one Simon Cowell as a judge on that show. He was also pretty much the only reason I bothered watching as few episodes of the show as I have. I’ve always had a bit of a problem with that show, which perhaps not surprisingly never actually managed to be solved. But, with Cowell there, at least something vaguely resembling balance was sort of restored. Simon’s escape from the crying masses of folks who think they’re God’s gift to ears everywhere may be good for him, but not very for the series–at least if it’s people like me they’re trying to attract. The only reason I watch American Idol has officially left American Idol. Thank God I only watched it when I didn’t have much other choice. Now, let’s see what else is on during those two hours–oh look, just about anything relatively decent. Okay, I’m over it now.