Over The Rainbow: John Partridge is no Simon Cowell!

Eastenders star John Partridge has admitted that he was nervous about accepting a judging role on BBC’s Over The Rainbow.

In an interview with The People, the actor explained that he wanted to offer constructive critiques to the girls on the show, without being nasty like other talent show judges.

“The girls doing the show are nervous, but so was I on the first live show,” he said. “I was nervous about giving a critique that they can take away and apply.”

Partridge added: “People always ask, ‘So what judge are you going to be?’ People expect me to be the Simon Cowell or the Jason Gardiner of the show but that’s not me at all.

“Up until now any criticism I have received has been about how I have played a character. On this show, this is me sitting there with people judging me for me. But I have always been true to myself and what you see is what you get.”

Talking about how the judges get along John added:

“We all have lots of respect for each other and I am not interested in arguing with Sheila [Hancock] or Charlotte [Church],” he said. “But as of last night’s show I think there will be more chance for us to disagree and I am sure we will.

“Sheila is all about the interpretation, Charlotte is about the singing, and I want the razzle dazzle. We are all very opinionated. I think I will probably disagree with Sheila most because interpretation is so personal. Her perception of how something should be interpreted and mine could be different. She is coming at it from a serious view and sometimes I just want them to forget that. Give me a bit of jazz hands and I am happy.”

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!