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Eminem wants to be X Factor judge

Published: Thursday, November 26, 2009, 16:08 [IST]

[an error occurred while processing this directive]London (ANI): Rapper Eminem wants to be a judge on the popular British show The X Factor and has even made his wish known to Simon Cowell.The rapper believes the current panel of judges - Cheryl Cole, Dannii Minogue and Louis Walsh - is not experienced enough.

"No disrespect to the current judges but you need people who are global, platinum-selling stars. You need to prepare contestants for what it's really like out there, and what sort of pressure you are going to be under," the Sun quoted Eminem, as saying.

The 37-year-old star said he would "guarantee" finding a hitmaker if he and his producer friend Dr. Dre were given a guest slot in the talent hunt show. Eminem, real name Marshall Mathers III, said: "So much average talent comes out of these reality shows, it's time to give people a chance who deserve it.

"A hip-hop star will never win a show like The X Factor without somebody like me on the panel. There are a lot of very talented hip-hop stars who would kill for a break in Britain but the judges aren't qualified in hip-hop. I keep my eye on the urban scene in Britain and there is a lot of talent out there. It needs somebody in power to open a door for them."

"I am not sure I would have the time to do it full-time, but I would come and be a guest judge...Simon tells it like it is and I am down with that. If somebody ain't good enough they ain't good enough," he added.

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