Drum Roll Please: The five songs Simon Cowell never (EVER) wants to hear again at an audition are as follows:
- R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly"
- Etta James' "At Last" ("I'm allergic to it," he says.)
- The Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody" ("Whoever said that was my favorite song was joking.")
- Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours"
- John Legend's "Ordinary People" ("It's never as good as the original.")
Cowell delivered his list Tuesday afternoon during a conference call to promote the Sept. 21 premiere of "X Factor" on Fox. During the call, Cowell was his customary self, declaring the show's superiority to NBC's "The Voice," stressing the "X Factor's" back stories, praising Antonio "L.A." Reid and taking pot shots at Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul.