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Yesterday it was the Stone Roses, today it’s Oasis, just what has British tabloid The Sun got against Mancunian rock acts? Today’s scarcely-believable celebrity bombshell is the story that Noel Gallagher has turned down the chance to be one of the judges on the UK X Factor.
Apparently, Simon Cowell went to Noel and asked him to name the price that would get him on the show — more than £1 million, the Sun reckons. Which is all well and good, but it’s the quote from an unnamed source which really raises a quizzical eyebrow.
They said: “Simon promised global fame and a crack at the US panel in future years. He was setting it up for him to make the show his own and fill his boots.”
Yup, that’s the carrot that’ll get you a member of Oasis, the chance to be Cheryl Cole in America, if you’re lucky.
Noel, for his part, has reportedly turned it down because he wants to concentrate on his solo career, which he considers to be a calling, a quest to stop brother Liam‘s group Beady Eye “stinking up the bottom of the charts.”
And that’s as it should be. Oh sure, he’d be brilliantly scathing, he’d destroy those hopefuls like hot water on an ant’s nest, but c’mon, NOEL GALLAGHER? An X FACTOR JUDGE?
Pull the other one.
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Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.
He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.
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