Talking to the Mirror, Simon Fuller expressed his determination to make American Idol a bigger hit than the US X Factor. "We wanted to lose the negativity and be more motivational. We understand this show"s success is based entirely on the authentic journey of real people with a passion and a dream, no gimmicks, no spin, no smoke and mirrors. The best surprise about this new Idol season is the positivity and energy," the Mirror quotes him as saying.
Meanwhile, Simon Fuller acknowledged the work of the crew of the show and he believes the new panel can relate to contestants better. “The addition of Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez real stars, who also shared that dream, has brought a new level of understanding and empathy to the show," the Mirror reports him as saying.