Lily Allen And Piers Morgan’s ‘X Factor’ Row

Lily Allen

Lily Allen

First of all, an apology: we had no intention of running another X Factor judges story so soon after yesterday’s astonishing revelations. But this is rather good, so bear with us.

The Story So Far: lots of famous people are reportedly being considered as potential judges on the US X Factor. Lots of other famous people are reportedly being considered as judges on the UK X Factor. And one of those people is Lily Allen, whose position in the show was described yesterday as being 80% confirmed.

This, apparently, is news to Lily herself, who posted the following barbed riposte on her Twitter feed: “Nice to know that I’m 80% confirmed to be a judge on X Factor, anyone thinking about running it by me? Maybe that’s the 20% bit… ”

She then said: “I’ll only do it if there’s a pop songs in a foreign language week,” and put up a link to Stevie Wonder singing “My Cherie Amour” in Italian.

This then lead Piers Morgan — a man who is not above making waspish comments on Twitter in much the same way that the sea is not above the sky — to retort: “Did Bianca Gascoigne turn it down then?”

NOTE: Bianca Gascoigne is the former wife of soccer star Paul “Gazza” Gascoigne, and slightly famous in her own right. Not a major showbiz player, you see, that’s the gag.

Lily’s response was equally cutting: “Don’t be a snob Piers, it doesn’t suit you, oh wait a minute… carry on!”

Which provoked Piers to say this: “‘Laughter would be bereaved if snobbery died.’ – Peter Ustinov

And then this: “If you need some tips on how to be a talent judge, you know where to find me. (Answer: Hollywood).”

Clearly, Lily had had enough by now: “YOU ARE SUCH A D**K!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Which is basically a win for Mr Morgan. And a lose for the X Factor.

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Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser is a British writer, broadcaster and the the author of the book Stuff Brits Like. He is Anglophenia's resident Brit blogger, having written BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog, the Top of the Pops website, and for NME, the Guardian and elsewhere. Favorite topics include slang, Doctor Who and cramming as much music into Anglophenia as he can manage. He invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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