Noel Gallagher: 16 is too young for The X Factor

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 12 October 2011
Noel Gallagher

Noel Gallagher

Noel Gallagher thinks the 'X Factor' lower age limit should be ''at least 18'', because the youngsters entering the competition are so ''vulnerable''

Noel Gallagher thinks the 'X Factor' lower age limit should be "at least 18".

The former Oasis rocker - who was approached by Simon Cowell to replace him on the panel of the ITV1 show - believes female contestants in particular are too young to enter the competition at the age of 16, because they are "more vulnerable" then their male counterparts.

He said: "They shouldn't put a 16 year old on that show. I think it should be at least 18, because what would happen, conceivably, if the public voted a 16 year old into pop stardom?

"I'd feel offended, it took me till 27 to land this famous, you know what I mean, it's bang out of order.

"It's difficult enough to deal with, particularly for a girl. I can't imagine being 16. Girls are more vulnerable and it seems a bit more difficult for girls."

The 'AKA... What A Life' hitmaker admitted his discussions with music mogul Simon Cowell about the possibility of joining the panel as the show's "alpha male" was a "long drawn-out saga", but he ultimately decided it would be the wrong move for him.

Speaking on the Christian O'Connell Breakfast show on Absolute Radio - which he co-hosted - Noel added: "There was a long drawn-out saga of phonecalls going back and forward. When we finally spoke he said, in his own inimitable fashion, you know, 'We're rebranding the show and we need an Alpha Male', and I was like, 'OK, what does that mean?'.

"He said, 'Well we need someone to replace me'. At first I didn't know what he was offering and I said 'Well what for, I don't understand?' He said ,'For the whole show', and I was like 'No, no'."

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