Michael McIntyre thought Simon Cowell wanted him to audition for Britain’s Got Talent 2011

by Lisa McGarry

Michael McIntyre has admitted that he thought Simon Cowell was inviting him to compete on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ when he offered him the role of judge.

The 34-year-old comedian – who presented this year’s Royal Variety Show – admitted that when his agent called and asked him about taking part in the ITV show, he was initially confused and a bit insulted.

He said : “My agent phoned me up and said, ‘Would you consider ‘Britain’s Got Talent’?’ I thought he meant going on as a contestant. I thought, ‘Have you given up on me?'”

Michael will join former America’s Got Talent judge David Hasselhoff and Amanda Holden on the panel and joked that meeting with Simon to discuss the role was like appearing as a contestant on ‘The X Factor’.

He added: “It was like the judges’ house on ‘The X Factor’ . He did all the Cowell things. At one point he said, ‘Here’s one of the problems I have’. I didn’t know how it was going. At the end he said, ‘I’d really like you to be a judge’.

“I felt so honoured and excited. I love watching ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ on TV – t o be on it should be great fun.”

The self-deprecating funnyman also revealed he is trying to slim down for his new role because he’s worried about looking fat on TV.

Michael told Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans: “I keep imagining myself in that line-up when they have the live shows on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and announce the judges. I don’t want me to be standing there looking enormous, not being able to do up my jacket. I want to look svelte. I lost two stone and now I’ve put a stone back on.

“When I catch my face on TV I think, ‘I look like that from the side? All that flesh and chin and those weird features on the front.”

Lisa McGarry

Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!