HOLLYWOOD, Calif. --- In a surprise development today, Simon Cowell signed a contract to judge special music performances at Adventist churches.
Cowell who is known for his scathing critiques of singers on a string of TV talent shows in the UK and US, will be offering frank feedback on Adventist Special Music numbers right after they are performed.
He released a statement saying he is offering his services to "improve the quality of solos and group performances for a community in dire need of some honest feedback."
As Special Music often comes right before Sabbath morning sermons, Cowell has promised to keep his commentary short and to the point while limiting colorful language to the bare minimum.
However, if Special Music is particularly bad on any given week he has warned that he may just get up and leave.
Cowell has vowed that, if he is impressed with a performance, he will resist the temptation to clap. He has practiced saying "Amen" instead.