Simon Cowel on American Idol has the role of playing the non-American who does not have to worry about the self-esteem of the contestants. In this role he is great. Notice how gingerly Randy and Paula back their way into telling any one they did not like something. Typical Americans these days. That no one would pay a dime for a record by the non-competitive contestant means nothing. They want to break it gently. This is nice, but showbiz is not.
Of course note how this non-approved behavior has to be discredited. Is there much else that Seacrest says except to dig at Cowel? Then there are the frustrations of Paula.