Michael McIntyre's BGT confusion

Michael McIntyre thought Simon Cowell was asking him to be a contestant when he was invited to become a judge on 'Britain's Got Talent'

Michael McIntyre

Michael McIntyre

Michael McIntyre thought Simon Cowell was inviting him to compete on 'Britain's Got Talent' when he offered him the role of judge.

The 34-year-old comedian - who presented this year's Royal Variety Show - admitted he was initially confused when he was asked to consider a role on the ITV1 show.

He said : "My agent phoned me up and said, 'Would you consider 'Britain's Got Talent'?' I thought he meant going on as a contestant. I thought, 'Have you given up on me?'"

Michael - who is joining former 'Baywatch' hunk David Hasselhoff and Amanda Holden on the judging panel - joked that meeting with Simon to discuss the role was like appearing as a contestant on 'The X Factor'.

He added: "It was like the judges' house on 'The X Factor' . He did all the Cowell things. At one point he said, 'Here's one of the problems I have'. I didn't know how it was going. At the end he said, 'I'd really like you to be a judge'.

"I felt so honoured and excited. I love watching 'Britain's Got Talent' on TV - t o be on it should be great fun."

The self-deprecating funnyman also revealed he is trying to slim down for his new role because he's worried about looking fat on TV.

Michael told Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans: "I keep imagining myself in that line-up when they have the live shows on 'Britain's Got Talent' and announce the judges. I don't want me to be standing there looking enormous, not being able to do up my jacket. I want to look svelte. I lost two stone and now I've put a stone back on.

"When I catch my face on TV I think, 'I look like that from the side? All that flesh and chin and those weird features on the front."


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