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'

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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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