The places were eventually handed to Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler and actress/singer Jennifer Lopez. John admits he was approached about the role, but refused to sign up because of his disdain for TV talent shows. "I'm not a fan of talent shows. I probably wouldn't have lasted if I'd gone on one," the Daily Express quoted John as telling the Radio Times magazine.
"I was asked to judge 'American Idol'. I couldn't do it because I won't slag (criticise) anyone off. Also I don't want to be on television. It's become boring, a**e-paralysingly brain crippling."