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Simon Cowell Says He Asked David Bowie To Be A Judge For The X Factor

February 22, 2013 | Posted by Joseph Lee

The Daily Mail has an article in which celebrities and musicians talk about their love of David Bowie. In the article, Simon Cowell revealed he asked Bowie to be the next judge on The X Factor. Here are highlights:

Simon Cowell: “I think if I could have anyone on The X Factor it would be David Bowie. It’s no secret I’ve asked him, and he hasn’t said yes yet, but I’ll keep extending the invitation. Why Bowie? He’s a legend. He’s a great songwriter, he has massive influence on music today and he’s 100 per cent credible. I’m a fan. Not just of his music but of him, the man. He’s cool. Most of us aren’t. Bowie is.”

Lady Gaga: “When I was growing up I was inspired by the legends, the real artists: Freddie Mercury, Andy Warhol, David Bowie. Bowie made me feel what I was doing was right. He was different. He stuck out, he went against the tide and he made people’s jaws drop. That was what I loved. As a musician he’s a genius. I found out he used to tear up strips of words to make his lyrics and I tried that. I loved what he wore, the way he became Aladdin Sane, the Thin White Duke, Ziggy Stardust. I got it. I got him. The theatrics, the dreams, the vision and at the same time those songs. He’s amazing. Just amazing.”

Tina Turner: “David Bowie is the man. We all know the guy is a genius but he also helped me when I needed it the most. I was 45 and struggling to make a comeback, and without me asking he just did something for me. He’d just signed to Capitol Records, who were stalling on taking me on. Bowie was in New York and the record company wanted to take him out for a celebratory dinner. He told them he wanted to go and see me perform at the Ritz nightclub instead. On that night the whole rock ‘n’ roll world was there – Keith Richards, Rod Stewart, you name it – and I’m sure it had a lot to do with him. David brought the guys from the record company in and they just looked around and thought, “This woman must be hot.” The next day I had a deal. I always thank David for that.”

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