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Tiesto says Simon Cowell’s DJ talent show won’t “ever work”

The world’s most recognisable dance music name, Tiësto, has thrown shade at the upcoming “X-Factor for DJs” talent show Ultimate DJ. “I don’t think it will ever work for Simon Cowell,” he told UK newspaper Daily Star. “The vocal aspect is what’s missing. When you see someone sing good or bad that will never get boring. But you need an hour to DJ, not two minutes on TV.”

Tiësto spoke to the Daily Star at Electrobeach Festival in France last weekend, where the newspaper also revealed that the next dance music act to be lured to Simon Cowell’s upcoming show is Australia’s globe-trotting mainstage duo Nervo (Steve Aoki had already been announced as the first Ultimate DJ judge at a press conference back in April).

“We are talking to Simon Cowell because he wanted to meet us and he was really open about it,” Mim Nervo said. “He said, anyway, [if] we would like to be involved [in the show] we can be. I’ve never watched a reality TV judges’ show, but they said you could judge or mentor. We haven’t decided.”

Her sister Liv added that they wanted to be involved with the show because, “it’s all about the DJ talent and the music and submitting tunes,” but the response from most artists to a “DJing talent show” has been derision. Fatboy Slim famously turned down Cowell’s offer to be a judge, saying that, “as dance music gets taken over by people like Cowell it becomes about being famous and money – the nasty side which I think for years it was relatively free of.”

Steve Lawler even took the time to put together a very funny parody clip trolling Ultimate DJ which you can relive below. The show is set to launch in the Northern Hemisphere’s next spring on Yahoo Live; stay tuned for more news of the decline of civilisation Ultimate DJ to come.