Welsh opera singer Charlotte Church has officially taken her name out of consideration to join the judges' panel on the U.K. version of The X Factor.
"I got asked to do the X factor job," Church, 27, tweeted last week. "I'd rather poke my eyes out with sticks than be a part of the machine that kills music."
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She later added, in response to questions from some of her followers: "I had a meeting to ask about the level of involvement in the creative process I could have, and they basically said none unless it was in line with what was required. I wanted to see just how hard line it was. I found my answer and politely declined."
A source from The X Factor sniped back at Church, telling the U.K.'s Sunday Mirror: "She met producers at the beginning of the year but it was a very brief chat and they decided not to progress things. It was clear straightaway that she wasn't right. She was, quite frankly, boring and she was never high on the priority list as there were far bigger names producers were looking at."
Earlier this month, judge Louis Walsh announced that he would not be returning to the panel, which currently consists of Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger andTake That singer Gary Barlow.