Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis has revealed she is ‘a massive fan of X Factor‘ as rumours she will be approached as a guest mentor circulate. The heptathlete told Daybreak that although the suggestion was news to her, it sounded ‘like a brilliant idea’.
With recent stories suggesting that the BBC are hoping to snag the likes of Victoria Pendleton and Rebecca Adlington for Strictly Come Dancing, Simon Cowell wants to jump on the Olympic bandwagon too and has reportedly targeted Gold medal winning athletes Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah for spots on the X Factor.
Although not as judges, they would act as mentors for the acts providing pep talks and hopefully rubbing off a little bit of that winning magic on the hopefuls!
However in an interview on ITV1’s Lorraine Jessica said: ‘This is definitely news to me, but it sounds like a brilliant idea. I’m a massive fan of X Factor so we’ll see.’
And when asked if she would be keen to take part in the show, she admitted: ‘Well yes, definitely. I think it’s a great idea, yes.’
Adding: “Obviously before the Olympics I was just training so hard and making sure that I didn’t miss anything so I had to turn a lot of things down and say ‘No’ to things that I would loved to have done at the time. And now I can just relax now that I’ve got this medal and I can enjoy myself a bit now.”
Meanwhile, Chris Hoy has also denied the reports, taking to Twitter to reject rumours he is becoming a mentor on the show.
The previous reports suggested that Ennis, Hoy and other medal winners would each be assigned a category to offer advice and guidance to, while the finalists would performed songs with an Olympic or winning theme.
It was alleged Simon Cowell was planning to sign up the quartet in a deal worth around £1million – with X Factor producers reportedly delighted to have the athletes on board.
It has also been rumoured that the producers of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here also have their eye on Bradley Wiggins for the jungle, as well as silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead.
It is certain that Team GB will be riding high on the success of 2012 for a long time to come, and there are certain individuals that are keen to capitalise on that success!