American Idol bosses have revealed Roger Daltrey applied for a job on the show's judging panel, despite once branding TV talent contests a "joke".
The Who rocker spoke out against the competition last year (10) during a discussion at the Brighton Institute Of Modern Music in England.
He told an audience, "We really need to break away from The X Factor and American Idol... Groups like The Who, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles wouldn't have made it past the audition stage... That's the joke of it. The music they make on the shows is absolute tripe."
Now it has emerged Daltrey was one of 40 personalities who tried out for a slot on Idol after judge Simon Cowell left the show, but producers rejected the musician after an unsuccessful audition - because his appearance was too boring.
Idol executive Mike Darnell tells Rolling Stone magazine, "(Daltrey looked) very formal, his hair was cut, he looked like a regular guy. He had lost all that sort of rock 'n' roll charm."
Eccentric Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has filled Cowell's seat on the series.