Simon Cowell: 'American Idol' better than last year, on 'Piers Morgan Tonight'

Simon Cowell stopped by "Piers Morgan Tonight" to talk about his reality shows, past and present. He tells Morgan that "Idol" has definitely seen an improvement this year.

"I personally think it is a better show than last year," Cowell says. "It feels to me they've got their energy back, they're confident, they're competitive. And I said to everybody on ['The X Factor'], if you think 'Idol's' gonna be the same as last year, think again."

"It's not the show I would make myself, because that's why I moved from the show in the first place," says Cowell. "I always think of Idol really as me, Paula and Randy ... But based on last year, it's definitely better."

The interview was supposed to air Monday night (March 14), but was postponed for coverage of the tragedy in Japan. Look for the Cowell interview to air at an undetermined later date, according to Piers Morgan's twitter.

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