Does ‘America’s Got Talent’ Judge Simon Cowell Think the Pandemic Affected This Season’s ‘Quality’?

America’s Got Talent got majorly interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. One of AGT‘s judges, Simon Cowell, said recently whether or not he believes the “quality” of season 15 will suffer for it.

One of the judges from ‘America’s Got Talent’ predicts what the rest of season 15 will be like — amid the global pandemic

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Simon Cowell at the X Factor auditions in 2016 | Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images

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Simon Cowell recently was interviewed by Entertainment Tonight. The long-time America’s Got Talent judge said that surviving the COVID-19 outbreak has been a challenge for the reality series. But, the AGT team didn’t waver in their attempt to make a quality show.

“The mindset was … where we can, we’ve gotta try to see as many people as possible,” Cowell said of the series’ approach to the pandemic news. Still, changes had to be made.

America’s Got Talent … has also had to make major adjustments amid the global health crisis,” ET wrote. Like other live-taped shows, America’s Got Talent dropped the audience feature.

“For the first time ever, the show has been taping without a live audience and some contestants had to audition remotely,” Entertainment Tonight reported. Cowell, however, seemed optimistic about this season.

“The good news is, we did see a lot of people, so it hasn’t affected the overall quality of the talent,” he confirmed to ET. Cowell seemed especially excited about the season 15 cast.

“We still found some amazing people as we do every year,” the judge continued. Cowell expanded on the upcoming America’s Got Talent season:

I think you’ll see on episode one, it’s jam-packed full of the most amazing people, the most amazing stories, and I think the team, bearing in mind how they’ve had to do it remotely, have done an amazing job.

Simon Cowell doesn’t have a phone; what does that mean for the ‘AGT’ judge?

America’s Got Talent judge Cowell is phone-less. How does that work?

“It’s very simple,” Cowell told Entertainment Tonight. “It means you don’t wake up to, like, 50 text messages you can’t reply to.” That’s literally happened to the AGT star — and he was over it.

“… that’s what happened one morning — I woke up and I’ve got 52 unread messages,” Cowell explained. Thus, the phone went away.

… I thought, even if I reply to every one of those, I’m going to get another replying back, and then I’m going to get more that day. And I realized it was actually stopping me from working or living properly, so I just turned it off and I went a month, three months, then a year, then two years, then three years. And I love it.

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America’s Got Talent judges Howie Mandel, Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough, and Simon Cowell | Trae Patton/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

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Cowell gushed about how much the phone-lessness has impacted his life.

“… when you’re in a meeting or you’re having a conversation or you’re at dinner and someone’s reading whatever they’re reading on their phone,” the America’s Got Talent judge complained, “it’s like we’re not engaging anymore.”