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Saturday 30 May 2015

Bon Jovi: I turned down X Factor

Jon Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi

Jon Bon Jovi turned down a judge's job on X Factor last year.

The 50-year-old rocker has revealed he was offered several reality TV gigs, but wasn't interested.

Instead the musician and his bandmates are celebrating three decades together with a world tour.

"I was offered all of [the shows] last year but it's not for me because I have a job - we're busy," he told The Sun newspaper.

Jon went on to criticise the TV talent contests for putting too much pressure on young wannabes.

And surprisingly, the star thinks he would have had no chance of winning a similar reality show contest at the beginning of his career.

"It's hard for the talent because they're thrust into a huge spotlight, then they win these things and they're expected to have a record that's on a par with the greats," he mused.

"I had 23 years to write my first record - I was able to develop a career in bars. I would never have won any of those contests.

"You see them there and they can hit the high note and then a year later they're a trivia question. It's a big ask of these kids."

Meanwhile, the star puts his 23-year marriage to Dorothea down to good fortune.

The couple, who married in Las Vegas back in 1989, have four children together.

"The truth is I just got very lucky," he admitted.  

"I've got a great girl who still loves me and I got it right the first time."

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