Just wondering what peoples' views on Simon Cowell's influence in music is ?? He is apparently due to be knighted for his contributions to music, but to me, he has helped ruin the charts with his 'muppet, manufactured tasteless trash'. He has harboured talents that want to get their 5mins of fame and not necessarily strive to be creative and write from the heart. To me, music should be written and sung by the performer - although of course not discrediting talents like Elvis Presley or Eva Cassidy - as it is about their own personal stories, feelings and emotions. I also love trying to discover more experimental artists, whereas Cowell's music is all 'middle of the road'. I just can't imagine anything of Cowell's popping up in the Mojo Magazine - a magazine I respect. What do others think???