It really annoys me when people come down so hard on Simon. Why? Because he's HONEST? Because he tells people like it is and doesn't sugar coat everything? If people can't handle the truth, then perhaps they should go and bury their heads in the sand and wait for the next century to come around. I think all of the judges do their part, and I like them all. But if I had to choose my favorite, it would be Simon - hands down. Have you listened to some of the people who truly think they can SING and try out for American Idol? Personally, I think he's doing them a huge favor and they should all be thanking him. If there were more people like him in the world, we wouldn't have all these idiots who've been told by one person or another that they sing well (simply to "spare" their feelings) and it would be far more easier to sort through all the riff-raff to find our next American Idol who truly CAN sing! I mean, come ON already people! Have you actually listened to yourselves sing? Be HONEST with yourselves and hold on to your dignity and don't try out if you can't carry a tune to save your soul - spare yourself the humiliation! I can't imagine how it would feel to have the entire world laughing at me - but I guess some people must enjoy that.