"Seattle is going to be known for something other than coffee this year," Cowell complained to USA Today. "They had the worst bunch of miserable singers that I've ever met in my life. It was two days of total misery."
Viewers can witness these already judged singers from the birthplace of grunge rock on Jan. 16 when the highly rated "Idol" launches its sixth season with two successive nights of two-hour shows.
Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe crowed to the newspaper that this season promises "some of the worst (singers) we've ever had."
Fox said that more than 100,000 musical wannabes turned out for the auditions held in Birmingham, Ala.; New York; Memphis; Minneapolis; Los Angeles; San Antonio, and according to Cowell, hapless Seattle.