'They Wanted A Bitchy Gay Englishman': Neil Tennant On Being Offered American Idol Role

The singer said he was approached to be a judge but he wasn't interested

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He might not seem like the most obvious choice for a seat on the American Idol juding panel but Neil Tennant said he was asked to come on board to replace Simon Cowell.

But the Pet Shop Boy turned the job down because he just couldn't bring himself to be part of the show.

Neil, 58, said when he was approached about the job, bosses wanted him to fly to Los Angeles for the interview - something he had absolutely no intention of doing.

Speaking to Popjustice, he said: "American Idol approached me when Simon Cowell left to do American X Factor, to see if I would be interested in being considered to replace him.

Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys said he turned down an offer to judge on American Idol (WENN)

"They wanted me to fly to Los Angeles for an interview with them and, frankly, I didn't want to fly to Los Angeles for a half-hour interview. I said, 'I'll do a conference call'. I was at my house in Durham, and my dog was barking all the way through it."

Neil got producers to send him a DVD of the show and he admitted that he got a few minutes into it before he realised it wasn't going to be for him.

"I just thought, 'I can't do this'. I couldn't do the bit where you come out, holding hands with the judges, and just stand there. I was flattered to be asked, though.

"I think they wanted a bitchy gay Englishman, and I think someone said, 'Get that guy from the Pet Shop Boys'. Well that's what I assume.

"My issue, as much as anything else, was that I don't think it's possible to be 'Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys' and 'Neil Tennant, American Idol judge'."

Neil said he's never been interested in reality programmes or TV talent shows

"And I've had some quite interesting offers over the years to present arts programmes for BBC Two and Channel 4."

Simon Cowell left American Idol in 2010 and was replaced the following year by Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez.

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