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Fatboy Slim on DJ talent show: 'We told Simon Cowell to f**k off'

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Fatboy Slim has revealed that a number of high-profile DJs were approached by Simon Cowell for his new talent show.

The X Factor mastermind has recently been developing the reality show Ultimate DJ to find the next superstar DJ, but Fatboy Slim - real name Norman Cook - argued that the format wouldn't translate well to television.

Fatboy Slim plays the House of Commons for Last Night A DJ Saved My Life Foundation in London

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Fatboy Slim


"Simon Cowell was talking about doing a show and everyone in the business, he kind of started approaching us, and we were like, 'F**k off. No - that's a terrible idea!'" Cook told Digital Spy at Electrobeach Festival in France over the weekend.

"That's the good thing about dance music; it grows organically through drunk people late at night coming up with stupid ideas. It's not something that can be scripted or transported into a TV studio."

He continued: "I get offered loads of TV shows and they're like, 'Can you perform for five minutes?' But DJ-ing takes two hours and an audience. It's not like you can go out there and sing your latest song. Because of that, it will always remain slightly outside the mainstream.

Caption:MIAMI BEACH, FL - MARCH 01: Simon Cowell is sighted at Prime 112 Steakhouse on March 1, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Olivia Salazar/GC Images)

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Simon Cowell


"At the end of the day, it's about taking a big bunch of high people and trying to get them higher, which you can't do on TV."

Fatboy Slim played an hour-long set at Electrobeach at Port-Barcar├Ęs in the South of France, which included his classic hits 'Right Here Right Now' and 'The Rockafeller Skank', as well as latest hit 'Eat Sleep Rave Repeat'.

Calvin Harris, Tinie Tempah, Armin van Buuren, Axwell, DJ Snake and Sander van Doorn were among the other acts who performed at the festival.

Watch the music video for Fatboy Slim's 'Eat Sleep Rave Repeat' below:

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