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X’d Off His List: The Songs Simon Cowell Doesn’t Want To Hear

Lyndsey Parker
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The past seasons of "American Idol," "The X Factor," "The Voice," and other such shows have been filled with enough versions of Aerosmith's "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" to make even "Idol" judge Steven Tyler blanch. But on Simon Cowell's new talent show "The X Factor USA," which starts airing on Fox September 21, there are a few other oversung songs that contestants should think twice before performing.

Speaking to reporters during a September 13 press tele-conference to promote "The X Factor," when asked about songs he'd like to blacklist from the show, the always opinionated Simon rattled off quite a list.

"'I Believe I Can Fly' is pretty high up there," he began. "'At Last'--I think I'm now allergic to that song. And everybody seems to think 'Unchained Melody' is my favorite song of all time; I think somebody said that as a joke, because it's not! I cannot hear that one anymore. And Jason Mraz, that song he had a few years ago [presumably 'I'm Yours']. I cannot listen to that anymore. Oh, and "Ordinary People" by John Legend--because they always try to sing it like that version, and it's never as good. I have to stop it after five seconds now."

Whether these songs will really be banned from "The X Factor USA" remains to be seen and heard, but regardless, I think Simon left quite a few egregious offenders off the list. Reality Rocks' blacklist is as follows:

Phil Collins - "Against All Odds"
Bill Withers - "Ain't No Sunshine"
Jennifer Holliday - "And I Am Telling You, I'm Not Going"
Elton John - "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me"
Nina Simone - "Feeling Good"
Leonard Cohen - "Hallelujah"
Gavin DeGraw - "I Don't Want To Be"
Aerosmith - "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing"
John Lennon - "Imagine"
Seal - "Kiss From A Rose"
The Beatles - "Let It Be"
Janis Joplin - "Piece Of My Heart"
Judy Garland - "Somewhere Over The Rainbow"
Adele - "Rolling In The Deep"

Which songs would you never want to hear on "American Idol," "The X Factor," or any other talent show?

[photos courtesy of Fox]

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