Waterman vows never to return to reality TV
The pop impresario served as a judge on Popstars: The Rivals and both series of Pop Idol, but has not been seen on a TV talent hunt since 2003.
He told DS: "The problem I have with reality shows now is they've become too TV...Where reality TV has gone now is that it's television and it's not about the music. When I was on reality TV - for two, three, four series - I always put the music first.
“In the last two series I did I could see the editors didn't want the music. All the editors wanted was the silly faces, the swearing and the fights and, you know, that's not for me. Not for me. That's not what I do. Simon (Cowell) does that very well.”
Waterman also cast doubts about The X Factor’s ability to find a world-class singing talent, saying: "Well, it hasn't so far, has it? I'm not gonna knock Simon - Simon's my best mate. Simon does a fantastic job. I've never seen The X Factor because he's my best friend. All I know is I haven't seen anybody yet last as long as Girls Aloud."