In looking for a new judge for the X-Factor panel, Welsh singer Charlotte Church was offered the position which she respectfully declined before realizing how much the job would go against her morals concerning the music industry, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
On August 8, the 27-year-old classical and pop artist fired a counter-culture bullet at the show tweeting, “I got asked to do the X Factor job. I’d rather poke my eyes out with sticks than be a part of the machine that kills music.”
She described the situation of being requested for the panel, writing, “I had a meeting to ask about the level of involvement in the creative process I could have, and they basically said none unless it was in line with what was required… I wanted to see just how hard-line it was. I found my answer and politely declined.”
Though X-Factor producers sought out Church for the position, an X-Factor source said producers found her “boring”, continuing with “she was never high on the priority list as there were far bigger names producers were looking at,” according to The Hollywood Report.
On August 6, X-Factor U.K. judge Louis Walsh announced he will not be returning for the show’s 10th season, leaving Sharon Osbourne, Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger to seat the panel.
Buzz from her poignant tweet aimed towards the music competition series could possibly boost sales for her upcoming EP “Three”, to release August 19 in the U.K.