Fatboy Slim turned down offer to judge Simon Cowell’s DJ contest, encouraged the show’s cancellation
Back in 2012, Simon Cowell looked to apply his X-Factor and American Idol reality show model towards the booming genre of dance music, as he announced that he would begin a TV program in search of “the world’s greatest DJs.” Months later, the New York Post reported that Cowell’s “X-Factor for DJ” concept had been called off; a sigh of relief for just about anybody with appreciation for the genre.
What would Cowell’s “EDM American Idol” contest have looked like anyway? Well, Fatboy Slim has spoken out to reveal that he was offered to become one of the show’s judges, but that he turned down the offer and even insisted that Cowell should not proceed with production, begging “Please don’t do it. It’ll ruin it for the rest of us.”
“As dance music gets taken over by people like Cowell it becomes about being famous and money, the nasty side which I think for years it was relatively free of. Kids grow up thinking to be a DJ, you’ve got to be sexy and bling… It’s not about that. I’m glad that’s one bandwagon he didn’t jump on.”
Via: The Sun