Simon Cowell Will Make an ‘Amazing’ Husband Say Former Idols

04/22/2010 at 12:00 AM EDT

Simon Cowell Will Make an ‘Amazing’ Husband Say Former Idols
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It may be a surprise to some, but two American Idol alums agree: Simon Cowell, the show's toughest judge, will make a great husband when he marries fiancée Mezhgan Hussainy.

“I know everyone says he’s so mean,” season 8 contestant Allison Iraheta told PEOPLE at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards on Wednesday. “But he’s really nice and I think he’ll be an amazing husband.”

Season 6’s Jared Cotter, who calls Hussainy "beautiful," echoes those sentiments. “The funny thing about Simon is that he’s different off camera than he is on. Off camera he is a sweetheart. On camera you’re scared of what he is going to say about you!”

As for the current season of Idol, Iraheta and Cotter are keeping a close eye on bluesy single mom Crystal Bowersox. “She’s the one I’m rooting for,” says Iraheta. “She’s amazing. I saw her performances and she’s just her. I really like that.”

Adds Cotter, “She’s different from everybody else. She’s got the Janis Joplin old school vibe. I hope she wins.” --Nina Tyler and Tiffany McGee

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