Pete Waterman has said that Geri Halliwell is the reason he decided to quit TV talent shows.
The pop impresario was a judge on the 2002 show 'Popstars: The Rivals' with Geri Halliwell, but soon realised it wasn't for him after she turned up to the studio with a dog, which he claims turned the process into a pantomime.
“When she came in and put the dog on her lap, I thought: 'What am I actually doing here?'” he said.
“In our contract with ITV there were all these rules about what you could and could not do on screen. One of them, I always thought, was that no animals were allowed. So all the TV executives were freaking out about there being a dog in the studio.”
Waterman consequently turned down offers to be on 'The X Factor', 'Britain's Got Talent' and 'American Idol', despite huge salaries.
He also claims that the show, which spawned Girls Aloud, was fixed, after his band One True Voice lost out to Louis Walsh's girlband.
“Girls Aloud weren’t put together by the public, I’ll leave it at that. I was naive enough to let the public vote for my artists,” he said.
“To me 'Pop Idol 2' was the end. It was nonsense. I used to think, 'I’m in this for the music, I’m not in it for TV producers stabbing each other in the back and lying to people and deliberately causing arguments on television. I’m trying to be honest to the public, but you’re fixing things that I’m having to live with, so I’m out of here'.” [Daily Mail]
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