Simon Cowell Remarkably Silent Over Candice Glover’s ‘American Idol’ Win

The Former ‘Idol’ Judge Once Told the Season 12 Winner She’d Never Be More Than a Lounge Singer

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Simon Cowell Remarkably Silent Over Candice Glover’s ‘American Idol’ Win
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Talk about a dream crusher!

The third time may have been the charm for "American Idol" Season 12 winner Candice Glover, but back in the day, former judge Simon Cowell didn't think she was in it to win it.

In a "Tonight Show" interview with Jay Leno, Glover revealed that during her first two "Idol" attempts she landed in the top 70 and the Top 60, but Cowell was not among her fans.

"In Season 9, he was not a fan," she said. "And he said that I would be a lounge singer and I would sing in a hotel lobby and people would eat peanuts and turn their heads… He painted a picture of how unsuccessful I'd be. But I honestly thank him for that because it pushed me to do better and come back and win three years later."

The normally Twitter-chatty Cowell was offline for several weeks during "Idol's" Season 12 competition. After a three-week Twitter hiatus, he resurfaced on May 18, two days after the finale, and tweeted: "My apologies for disappearing. Have been focusing on work." He never posted a reaction to Glover's win.

And while he has no obligation to talk "Idol" anymore, that hasn't stopped him in the past. Cowell has been known to chime in on the show's winners since he left the show in 2010.

In 2011, TMZ caught him mocking Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery when he said -- in an exaggerated Southern-style twang -- "I can do an American accent. Y'all gonna love this. I love you this big!"

Simon's also had to eat his words when it comes to a few other "Idol" alums.

In 2004, he told ousted "Idol" wannabe Jennifer Hudson, "You're out of your depth in this competition." She went on to land a role in "Dreamgirls" and an Oscar nomination. According to Daily Mail, a crow-eating Cowell sent Hudson a message ahead of the ceremony, saying: "What you have done is literally extraordinary. I think you're going to win and you deserve it." (And yes, she won!)

He famously declared that Season 8 winner Kris Allen didn't have the vocals to win the competition, and according to People, Cowell had plenty to say at a 2007 panel discussion as he panned Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks: "They (Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson) loved him. I couldn't stand him. I didn't get it... at the end of the day you have to find a bona fide recording artist. Just because you win the show doesn't mean you will sell a lot of records. Chris (Daughtry) is the one who sold the albums, not Taylor."

Funny his change of tune, because during the Season 5 auditions Simon just said "no" to sending Daughtry through to the next round.

"I'm not sure I see a hell of a lot of charisma here. I'm not sure I'm looking at a standalone star," he said after Daughtry performed The Box Tops' classic, "The Letter." Luckily Randy and Paula voted to push him through, and the 4th place finalist went on to be one of the top-selling "American Idol" alums to date.

So what about Candice Glover? Well, when it comes to Simon Cowell, perhaps no news is good news.

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