Cilla Black rejected 'X Factor' judging role

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 9 September 2014
Cilla Black at the BAFTAs

Cilla Black

Cilla Black has revealed that she turned down the opportunity to be a judge on 'X Factor' as she did not think she would be able to reject the singing contestants if they were bad. The 71-year-old also joked that if she were to enter the show, she would win the show thanks to her singing ability

Cilla Black turned down the opportunity to be a judge on 'The X Factor'.

The legendary entertainer has admitted she was offered a judging role on the ITV talent show but didn't accept it because she would have felt too cruel rejecting the hopeful singers.

She told Radio Times magazine: "I've been asked to be a judge.

"I couldn't because I wouldn't be able to tell the truth. The meanest I'd get is saying, 'It hasn't worked out for you this time, but go back and do your homework.'

"I couldn't be like Simon Cowell. He's not nasty, by the way, but tells it like it is."

However, the 71-year-old star joked that if she entered the contest there would be no competition for her talent.

She quipped: "Today I'd be the first in the queue for 'The X Factor' and there's no doubt whatsoever that I'd win."

The former 'Blind Date' host - who is the subject of new ITV drama series 'Cilla', documenting her rise to fame in the 60s and 70s - also revealed that it was always her ambition to be a star rather than to be rich.

She confessed: "Fame was my objective. I'd have been very happy on £25 a week. I didn't know how much I earned, and when people said I was the highest-paid person on TV I wasn't interested."

It seems that Cilla is still thirsty for attention though, as she admits to fantasising about becoming a Dame.

She added: "You don't become a dame for doing what you enjoy, as I have, but if they want to give me one I wouldn't turn it down."

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