Simon Cowell won't sing for Ricky Gervais' Extras

by Julia Ward, posted Nov 21st 2006 11:35AM
Simon CowellAmerican Idol's Simon Cowell has turned down a role on Ricky Gervais' Extras because it required him to sing a karaoke version of Elton John's song "Daniel." The man who turned criticizing singers into a multi-million dollar global industry wisely took his own advice saying, "I can't sing. Why would I humiliate myself?" Singing is apparently the only thing Cowell wouldn't do, which is sort of a shame. I'm sure it would have been immensely gratifying to all of our fallen, former Idols to see Cowell be put through his vocal paces.

While I never think it hurts a celebrity's image to make fun of him or herself through vehicles like Gervais' Extras, I can't say that I blame Cowell for sparing us. If more pop wannabes would follow his example, than they could use their fifteen minutes of fame elsewhere -- like on Mark Burnett's Pirates or by waving frantically behind local news reporters on camera.

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simon why dont you let 10 year olds on the x factor

December 10 2006 at 4:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Nah, the original article was misquoted.

He would have been in the last episode from the sound of it...

November 21 2006 at 3:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Having just finished the 2nd season of Extras, I was under the impression that they weren't doing a 3rd series. Am I wrong, did Ricky Gervais change his mind?

November 21 2006 at 11:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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