Before the judging panels for all the music competition TV shows last year were finalized, there was plenty of speculation as to who had been offered a job. Now, one major star reveals that he was offered a place on all the programs, but he turned them all down.
The British paper The Sun reports that while in London recently, Jon Bon Jovi was asked if he would ever consider being a judge on a show like X Factor. He responded, "I was offered all of them last year, but it's not for me because I have a job -- we're busy." He's not kidding: Bon Jovi is kicking off a world tour next month and have a new album, What About Now, set for release in March.
Speaking about the contestants on shows like American Idol, X Factor and The Voice, Jon said it's no surprise that not all of them go on to huge careers, because they're simply not prepared for the pressures of stardom.
"It's hard for the talent because they're thrust into a huge spotlight, then they win these things and they're expected to have a record that's on a par with the greats," he said. "I had 23 years to write my first record. I was able to develop a career in bars."
He added, "I would never have won any of those contests. You see them there and they can hit the high note and then a year later they're a trivia question. It's a big ask of these kids."
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