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Simon Cowell: I want Bowie and Eminem on X Factor

Simon Cowell: I want Bowie and Eminem on X Factor
Simon Cowell: I want Bowie and Eminem on X Factor (Image credit: Ken McKay)

Simon Cowell has revealed that he'd like David Bowie to appear on the next series of the X Factor. This year's series - which was won by Joe McElderry on Sunday - has seen the likes of Alicia Keys, Robbies Williams and George Michael guest star on the show. The judge told NME (opens in new tab): "I'm thinking we should do something for David Bowie. I think that would be good. Just because he's a great songwriter." Simon also added that he wants Eminem and Dr Dre to appear: "I'd love to have them on as guest judges on a theme which would make them comfortable. "I've extended the invitation to Eminem already. What did he say? I don't know yet." And the music boss warned that the show shouldn't get too serious or people won't watch it. He said: "Once the show starts to take itself too seriously then it puts everyone off. There has to be a sense of humour in it and it is what it is. It's just a bit of fun. We went through a period, certainly in the last 10 years, when everything for me became too cynical and sniffy, as if the world is being run by so-called tastemakers and I don't like that."

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 


An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.