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Elton's alright for fighting

It's been one of the most entertaining celebrity spats in recent years, despite the fact that both Elton John and Simon Cowell are surely both too rich and old to care about pop music as much as they pretend to. Elton has long criticised the Cowell behemoth that is the X Factor, arguing that it's a facile, bland variety show, which stifles genuine creativity. Never...

According to The Mirror, the Elton/Simon feud culminated in EJ asserting that, 'I’d rather have my cock bitten off by an Alsatian than watch the X Factor.' You can't fault John for elegant ripostes.

Simon retaliated when he appeared recently on Piers Morgan's new show, saying, 'Well, look. This is somebody who charges what, a million dollars a private gig? Two million dollars, you know? I don’t know whether he’s concerned about himself – maybe he is. But they always bleat on that we’re not giving other people a chance. And I always want to say to them, ‘I tell you what, you just made a million dollars off your last private gig.

Ranting with gusto, Simon continued, 'Go and give it to a bunch of young musicians you care about, put them in the studio. Go and nurture them. Go and spend some time looking after them. Then I’ll buy your argument.’ They’re only worried about themselves. Absolute rubbish. Rubbish. I mean, it has no effect at all. Look, it doesn’t matter whether you’ve got a top 100 or a top 200. You know, what you want is people back into stores buying music. I mean, how can that be a bad thing?'

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