Why Fatboy Slim turned down a job on Simon Cowell’s DJ reality show
Before The Promoter had us all cringing, there was X Factor For DJs. Simon Cowell’s plans to find – and televise – the search for the world’s next superstar DJ didn’t last long. Despite Will and Jada Smith and their production house Overbrook Entertainment coming onboard to help get the show off the ground, plans for the reality series were (thankfully) scrapped last year. “Syco and Overbrook decided not to proceed together on a DJ-competition show,” a rep told the New York Post at the time.
Now nigh on a year down the track, Fatboy Slim has revealed he was approached by Cowell to be a judge on the show. Unsurprisingly, it was an easy offer to turn down. “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,” the Brighton legend told The Sun. “Kids grow up thinking to be a DJ, you’ve got to be sexy and bling… It’s not about that. I’m glad that’s one bandwagon he didn’t jump on.” He had one more message for Cowell, too: “Please don’t do it. It’ll ruin it for the rest of us.”
Of course, Norman Cook’s far from the first DJ to take issue with Cowell’s ill-fated plans. When the series was first announced, John Digweed summed up the sentiment towards Cowell’s enterprise. “I think probably from a commercial standpoint they will probably find someone extremely cheesy, extremely commercial that will probably go on to do very very well,” he told Magnetic Mag. “From the world I come from, it doesn’t mean anything at all.” Steve Lawler, meanwhile, released a parody trailer titled The Dex Factor, which, over 12 months later, is still hilarious. Enjoy it again below…and be thankful it’s the closest DJ X-Factor will ever come to fruition.