"I think I can bring a particular kind of credibility to the show. I'd be the only person sitting at the table who actually created a pop star from the beginning, and helped keep her there for 20 years," the New York Post quoted him as saying. "I know what it takes to make it," he added. And, Ciccone is not afraid of any competition for the Cowell seat.
The rumoured contenders for the position include Howard Stern, Interscope chief Jimmy Iovine, Warner Music CEO Lyor Cohen and former Sony Music boss Tommy Mottola. "I think Howard is a great guy, but it's difficult to see him sitting there, with the demographic he brings to the table," said Ciccone.
"And I know producers are talking to Perez [Hilton], although he's probably the only person who doesn't realize how irrelevant he is," he added. Ciccone said that he hasn't yet talked to Madonna about his quest, but, "I'm sure she'd be supportive," he said.