Waterman: 'Geri Haliwell put me off reality TV shows'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 29 June 2012
Geri Halliwell

Geri Halliwell

Pete Waterman says working with Geri Halliwell made him decide to bow out of judging reality TV shows

Pete Waterman says Geri Halliwell ended his reality TV judging career.

The songwriter worked on 'Popstars: The Rivals' alongside Geri and 'X Factor' judge Louis Walsh but Pete cites Geri's strange behaviour, including bringing a dog on set, as one of the main reasons he decided to bow out of judging reality TV shows.

He explained: "When she came in and put the dog on her lap, I thought 'What am I actually doing here?'

"In our contract with ITV there were all these rules about what you could and couldn't do on screen. One of them, I always thought, was that no animals were allowed. So all the TV executives were freaking out about there being a dog in the studio."

Pete - who turned down lucrative offers to judge 'The X Factor' and 'Britain's Got Talent' - thinks Geri's strange behaviour was caused by her pop career.

He added to the Daily Mail newspaper: "I didn't have a problem with her as a person. She was just a little bit wild. Well maybe wild is not the right word. She'd just been in the Spice Girls, which must have been a surreal experience. You think, 'Hang on, this girl's not in the real world. She's lost all touch with reality. She's got a completely different view of the world to anybody I know.' That's what happens with pop stars sometimes."

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