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Simon Cowell: 'I've asked David Bowie to join X Factor panel'

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Simon Cowell has admitted that he's asked David Bowie to join the X Factor panel.

The 53-year-old TV star said that the 'Heroes' singer has so far refused to accept a judging role, but the offer to join the show's line-up is still open.

David Bowie

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'Britain's Got Talent' judges arrive at the auditions held at Clyde Auditorium: Simon Cowell

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Speaking to the Daily Mail, Cowell described Bowie as a "legend" and hinted that he'd approached the singer-songwriter with the suggestion that he sign up as a mentor multiple times.

"It's no secret I've asked him, and he hasn't said yes yet, but I'll keep extending the invitation," he said.

"Why Bowie? He's a legend. He's a great songwriter, he has massive influence on music today and he's 100% credible.

"I'm a fan - not just of his music but of him, the man. He's cool. Most of us aren't. Bowie is."

The X Factor Final: The judges.

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The X Factor



The music mogul - who gave up his spot on the British judging panel to focus on the US version of the talent contest in 2011 - is rumoured to have axed Tulisa Contostavlos from the forthcoming UK series of The X Factor.

One of the music stars thought to be being lined up as a replacement is Take That singer Robbie Williams.

Cowell is also said to be keen to keep long-standing judge Louis Walsh on the panel and is reportedly willing to "fight tooth and nail" to ensure his return.

David Bowie - 'The Stars (Are Out Tonight)' single artwork


David Bowie recently teased the second single from his upcoming album The Next Day.

The music icon posted the artwork for 'The Stars (Are Out Tonight)' on Facebook last weekend. The image was accompanied by the message "02.26.13", suggesting that the track will be released next week.

Watch the video for David Bowie's comeback single 'Where Are We Now?' below:

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