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Fatboy Slim not digging Cowell’s DJ talent telly show concept

By | Published on Tuesday 15 July 2014

Fatboy Slim

Fatboy Slim ain’t convinced by Simon Cowell’s plans to create an ‘X-Factor’ style DJ talent contest, and he’s not sure the telly format will be embraced by the dance music community either, even though, after a false start, Syco is now working with EDM powerhouse SFX on the venture.

Speaking to Digital Spy over the weekend, Fatboy said: “Simon Cowell was talking about doing a show and … he kind of started approaching us, and we were like, ‘Fuck off. No – that’s a terrible idea!’ 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”.

Admitting that he’s been approached by most of the celebrity reality shows and other telly programmes, he went on: “I get offered loads of TV shows and they’re like, ‘Can you perform for five minutes?’ But DJing 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. 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”.