August 9, 2013 11:47
Charlotte Church: 'I'd rather poke my eyes out with sticks than be a judge on 'The X Factor''
Singer confirms she politely declined the offer to replace departing judge Louis Walsh
The Welsh singer was reportedly favourite to replace long-term departing judge Louis Walsh but she immediately took to Twitter to quash the rumours.
I got asked to do the X factor job. I'd rather poke my eyes out with sticks than be a part of the machine that kills music.— Charlotte Church (@charlottechurch) August 8, 2013
Church also admitted that she did initially consider the position but was put off by any lack of creative input into the show. She added: "I had a meeting to ask about the level of involvement in the creative process I could have, and they basically said none unless it was in line with what was required. I wanted to see just how hardline it was. I found my answer and politely declined."
Walsh meanwhile, confirmed this week he will step down as a judge after a decade appearing on the reality show. In 2007, Simon Cowell briefly removed him from the panel and replaced him with choreographer Brian Friedman, only to reinstate him a few days later.
It is still unclear what will happen to The X Factor after the 2013 series ends, as the 10-year deal signed with ITV is due to end. Simon Cowell is believed to be negotiating more series for future years. The 2013 judging panel will see the return of Sharon Osborne, who last appeared on the show in 2007. She willl join Walsh, Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger.
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