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Mick Hucknall left ‘simply red’ after BBC rejects his idea for new talent show

Published 24/10/2012 | 11:10

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British singer Mick Hucknall of the band Simply Red poses on the red carpet upon arriving for the 45th Goldene Kamera award ceremony in Berlin on January 30, 2010. The "Goldene Kamera" is a German media prize organized by TV magazine Hoerzu and awards celebrities in different national and international categories. AFP PHOTO DDP/AXEL SCHMIDT GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read AXEL SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

SIMPLY red singer Mick Hucknall has been left just that after the BBC rejected his concept for a new musical talent show.

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The flame haired performer has spoken about how he pitched a new format to the BBC last year, however the corporation opted to go with the UK version of ‘The Voice’.

“I approached the BBC about a year ago with the idea of a programme", he told the Daily Express.

"I said I wanted to find the next David Bowie, the next Freddie Mercury, the next Lennon and McCartney but they rejected it and went for The Voice instead, which to me was another version of The X Factor because it's not about creative artists", he continued.

The singer added: “The BBC are the people to do it because they represent British culture; they should be looking to find the next musical icon.”

Hucknall releases his second album as a solo artist later this week.

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