Noel Gallagher has reportedly been approached with an offer to become a judge on the next series of The X Factor.
The ITV talent show is expected to have a vacancy on the panel with former N-Dubz singer Tulisa reportedly due to leave after failing to impress viewers during her two-year stint on the show. With one seat on the panel spare, Simon Cowell is looking to big name stars and has returned to Gallagher, who he first approached in 2011. Although he declined the offer then, The Sun reports that his management company Ignition last week received an offer of £2m per series should the former Oasis guitarist sign up.
A source told the paper that Cowell sees Gallagher as the only “alpha male” that can fill in for him after he left the series in 2010: “Simon is determined to get Noel on board. He sees him as his natural replacement as the real alpha male on the panel. He thinks Noel would be ideal, with his music knowledge, straight talking and rapier wit.”
Gallagher said that among the reasons he had for rejecting The X Factor in 2011 was that he was working on his solo album, ‘Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’. He also said his own daughter Anais was also livid that he rejected Simon Cowell‘s offer. “She has never forgiven me for turning him down. I told her I’m not doing it, it’s not for me — but she just screamed in my face, ‘But Dad, it’s The X Factor’,” he said.
Noel Gallagher recently curated a series of concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Among the gigs was a performance by Gallagher where he was supported by Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon of Blur, whom he joined on stage to perform their song ‘Tender’.