Asked if he's impressed with the level of talent he's seen so far, Simon has a simple answer: "Not really, no."
But that doesn't mean that he thinks great things won't come from this season. "I think it's a little bit more like Season 1," Simon says. "If we were having this conversation at this time on Season 1, I wouldn't have spoken to you about Kelly Clarkson. I would have mentioned, probably, Tamyra Gray or someone like that. There are two or three girls who have great potential [this season, but] they're not very confident. And there is one guy who does stand out but he doesn't look like an American Idol."