Simon Cowell: 'I've asked David Bowie to be the next ''X Factor' judge'

The legend is yet to reply to the invitation

Simon Cowell: 'I've asked David Bowie to be the next ''X Factor' judge'

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Simon Cowell has said that if he could have anybody as an X Factor judge he would pick David Bowie.

Cowell who has previously employed Dannii Minogue, Cheryl Cole and Gary Barlow as judges on the reality TV show, revealed his love for Bowie on the same day it was rumoured that current X Factor judge Tulisa will be replaced when the show returns later this year. Speaking about his dream appointment, Cowell said: "I think if I could have anyone on The X Factor it would be David Bowie. It’s no secret I’ve asked him, and he hasn’t said yes yet, but I’ll keep extending the invitation."

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Cowell continued: "Why Bowie? He’s a legend. He’s a great songwriter, he has massive influence on music today and he’s 100 per cent credible. I’m a fan. Not just of his music but of him, the man. He’s cool. Most of us aren’t. Bowie is."

The Sun reports that Tulisa is set to be replaced by Cowell after a "subdued" performance during the 2012 series and the subsequent failure of her solo album, 'The Female Boss'. The same report suggests that fellow judge Louis Walsh, however, will stay on, limpet like, for the new series when it returns to TV screens in the summer.

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