Acerbic music mogul Simon Cowell has finally got his comeuppance from a disgruntled American Idol contestant - a wannabe popstar has thrown a cup of water over him.

The TV talent judge - legendary for his withering put-downs - was so lost for words after a poor performance from the young hopeful, he put his head in his hands in disbelief, much to the disdain of the auditionee.

When the contestant approached the table, Cowell quickly realised he was in for a soaking, but failed to stop the dousing.

The scene will be shown in the third series of American Idol, which begins in America next week (begs19JAN04).

14/01/2004 17:14