'American Idol' is set to return to the US for its 11th series tonight (18.01.12) amid talk of a supposed rivalry with similar shows.
Judge Randy Jackson - the only original panellist remaining on the programme - has claimed similar series to the reality show are just "copying" it.
But when Simon was asked about 'American Idol' he opted for a more gentle approach comparing it TV show 'The Waltons', while he said 'X Factor' was more like 'Dallas', a soap featuring badly-behaved Texas barons.
He explained: "To me, they're like 'The Waltons': popular, harmless, a lot of people like it. And maybe we're like 'Dallas'."