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'I couldn't be cruel on X Factor'

George Michael says he has no desire to be an X Factor judge - because he does not want to be "cruel" to contestants.

The singer, who released a new single this week for Comic Relief, said he has had no discussions with show boss Simon Cowell, despite reports that he was being lined up as a guest panellist.

But he said he may be willing to become involved as a mentor at some point.

George was being quizzed on ITV1's Loose Women programme about reports suggesting he would have a temporary judging job.

But he said: "Simon hasn't asked me - I don't understand it really. I keep hearing this once every couple of months or even couple of weeks. I think it's part of the X Factor publicity - it doesn't involve me being asked."

He added: "I couldn't be involved in the bit where they take the mickey out of people.

"I understand how terrifying and heartbreaking auditions are, particularly if you're really young. I could never be involved in that part - maybe some mentoring thing, I don't know but I couldn't be involved in the cruel part."

Michael recalled an encounter of his own as a hopeful teenage singer when a record company executive "threw" a demo tape of his track Careless Whisper back at him and told him: "Learn how to write a hit song."

Michael said that two years after the song had been to number one, he approached the man after spotting him at a party and reminded him of the incident.

"I'm sure his heart fell through his stomach in the same way that mine did when he threw the tape back at me," he told the Loose Women presenters.

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