Why Elton John Doesn’t Care About Turning Down a $33 Million TV Deal from FOX!

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Elton John is one of the best-known and most famous singers of all time. He has sold hundreds of millions of records over the course of his 50-year career.

He is also known for helping people in need, being an activist, and having a unique style. But he doesn't want to be a judge on a reality TV show, even though FOX has made him a huge offer.

The Offer from FOX!

Radar Online says that in 2010, FOX asked Elton John to be a judge on American Idol. American Idol is a popular singing competition show that helped make Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Jennifer Hudson famous.

Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, and Ellen DeGeneres were on the panel at the time, and the network allegedly offered him a huge $33 million to join them.

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The offer is said to have been made after Cowell said he was leaving the show, leaving a big spot to fill. FOX hoped that Elton John's star power, charm, and musical skill would bring more people to the show1.

The Turndown by Elton John!

But Elton John wasn't interested, so he turned down the offer right away. He had said before that he didn't like reality TV shows like American Idol because they were “boring” and “brain-crippling” and didn't help real talent grow12.

He also said he didn't want to be on a show that was “cruel” and “humiliating” to the contestants, especially those who were young and weak. He said that he liked to help young artists in a more positive and helpful way.

I don't really like talent shows. “If I had gone on one, I probably wouldn't have made it,” he said in 2010. “I like Simon Cowell, but what he does is just TV fun. I was asked to give a score on American Idol. I couldn't do it because I don't talk badly about other people.

The Reasons Behind Elton John’s Decision!

FOX offered Elton John $33 million, which he turned down. This wasn't a surprise, given what he had said about the reality show in the past. He also turned down the deal because he was too busy, because of his family, and because he wanted to stay true to his work.

At the time, Elton John was already working on a number of things, such as his stay in Las Vegas, his work with Leon Russell on the record The Union, his musical version of Billy Elliot, and his charity work for the Elton John AIDS Foundation. He also wanted to spend more time with his two young kids, whom he had with his husband, David Furnish.

Also, Elton John didn't need the money or the fame that came with being a judge on American Idol. He was already one of the world's richest and most famous singers.

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His estimated net worth was over $500 million, and he had won a lot of awards and titles. He was also in charge of the art of his own songs, and he didn't want to lose his vision or authority by being on a commercial TV show.

How Elton John's Choice Turned Out!

The fact that Elton John turned down FOX's offer of $33 million did not hurt his business or image. Instead, he kept being popular and well-liked in the music business and beyond.

He made more records, such as Wonderful Crazy Night (2016) and Revamp (2018). In 2018, he also started his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. This is likely to be his last tour before he stops doing live shows.

He also acted in and directed the 2019 biographical comedic film Rocketman, which was based on his life and was praised by critics and did well at the box office.

He also won a number of awards for his work, including an Oscar in 2020 for “(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again” from the movie Rocketman, a Companion of Honour from Queen Elizabeth II in 2020, and a Kennedy Center Honor in 2021.

The judges on American Idol also went through a lot of changes after Elton John turned down the offer. Over the years, the show's judges have included Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban, Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Hudson, Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan. In 2018, after 15 seasons on FOX, the show moved to the ABC network.

The show is still famous and has a lot of influence, but it has been criticized for its format, how it treats contestants, and its falling numbers, among other things. Some reviewers have also said that, in the age of streaming and social media, the show is no longer important or interesting. Follow Crossover99 for the most recent and interesting Celebrity news.


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