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Graham Norton: 'I wouldn't throw change at an X Factor contestant busking'

Published 15/09/2015 | 08:35

Graham Norton is back home in Ireland
Graham Norton is back home in Ireland
X Factor judges (left to right) Nick Grimshaw, Rita Ora, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Simon Cowell for the ITV1 talent show. Picture: SYCO/THAMES TV
Graham Norton
Graham Norton in London

TV presenter Graham Norton says he has not watched The X Factor for years because "it's lost its credibility".

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In an interview with the Radio Times, he admitted to watching Strictly Come Dancing, but "not slavishly".

"I haven't watched X Factor the past few years because it just seems so long now - it's endless," he says. "Also, the people aren't very good, so to all the judges' comments of 'I'd buy your album tomorrow' you think, 'You're never having an album'. You wouldn't throw 50p at them if they were busking in the Tube. I think it's lost its credibility."

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He also said he does not think that guilty TV Pleasures exist.

He says: "Unless you're watching snuff porn, then maybe feel guilty, but really, if it's pleasurable, why feel guilt? If there's a fabulous documentary on BBC4 about the invention of the clay pipe, I'm always going to choose something bubble-gummy and stupid on the other side. And now that there's iPlayer you need never feel guilty."

Talking about his own show, The Graham Norton Show, he counts Jurassic Park star Chris Pratt, Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke and US comedian Amy Schumer as among his favourite guests.

He would still like to have Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt as guests though, and Jennifer Lawrence is also on his guest wish list.

X Factor judges (left to right) Nick Grimshaw, Rita Ora, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Simon Cowell for the ITV1 talent show. Picture: SYCO/THAMES TV
X Factor judges (left to right) Nick Grimshaw, Rita Ora, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Simon Cowell for the ITV1 talent show. Picture: SYCO/THAMES TV

Stars aside, he would love to have former US president Bill Clinton on the show.

"He's funny, he's got stories, he's charismatic, and also now he's in that unique position of having been president and probably going to be the first man, or Fmotus (First Man of the United States)," he says.

Norton also revealed he's a fan of Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw.

"Certainly, I'm not supposed to be listening. He's supposed to have attracted the kids, but he can't shake this 52-year-old listener," he says. "I like the music he plays and besides, where would I go? I don't want Radio 4's Today, and I don't want Chris Evans, so Nick it is. What faint praise that is!"

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