The Who’s Roger Daltrey applied to replace Simon Cowell on ‘American Idol’

Singer had previously criticised the show - and was rejected in favour of Steven Tyler

The Who‘s Roger Daltrey applied to replace Simon Cowell on the American Idol judging panel – but was rejected after programme executives decided he had lost his “rock’n’roll charm”.

The frontman had previously called the talent show a “joke” and said the music made on it is “absolute tripe”.

However, American Idol executive Mike Darnell revealed that Daltrey was one of around 40 people who put themselves forward to replace Cowell. The job eventually went to Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler.

Darnell told Rolling Stone: “I actually saw Roger Daltrey. He came in and was the complete reverse of Steve, very formal, his hair was cut, he looked like a regular guy.

“He had lost that sort of rock’n’roll charm. But Steven was unbelievably charming.”

Tyler has said that he took the judging spot to make a point to the rest of his band after they threatened to throw him out and replace him with another singer last year. He checked into rehab for treatment for an addiction to pain killers in December 2009.