Jon Bon Jovi to 'Idol,' 'X Factor': 'I have a job'

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Bon Jovi points out an obvious reason why "American Idol" and "X Factor" continue to hear "no" from the rocker icon when asked to be a judge.

Who wouldn't want Jon Bon Jovi on their judges panel? In fact, according to the rocker himself, they all would. But the "Wanted Dead or Alive" singer has other priorities and doesn't plan on quitting his current job to sit on the panel of a singing competition.

"I was offered all of them last year but it’s not for me because I have a job – we’re busy," he told The Sun in a recent interview in response to the question of whether he would consider judging a show like "X Factor."

And he is busy. The band released the video for their first single, "Because We Can," from their upcoming album, What About Now, on Jan. 29. According to WFJA radio, the new album drops in March and pre-sales begin on iTunes on Feb. 12.

But what is all the buzz about Jon Bon Jovi judging one of the talent shows? Although rumored to have been asked by several, the idea of Bon Jovi taking a seat on the American version of the "X Factor" when two-year judge L. A. Reid announced he was vacating his place on the panel to get back to running Epic Records. And it is no secret that Reid is a Bon Jovi fan: As mentor for Season 2 winner Tate Stevens, he suggested and was in on the decision for the country singer to perform no less than three of the New Jersey rocker's songs.

Stevens performed "Wanted Dead or Alive" on the Top 13 live performance show, a song that seemed to launch him straight into the realm of contention. During the Top 6 round, the Missouri singer performed "Livin' On A Prayer." And on the Season 2 finale, he performed the Charles Brown blues classic "Please Come Home For Christmas," which was covered by Bon Jovi in 1994.

The 50-year-old rocker had some thoughts on what it must be like on the other side of that judges panel as well. "It’s hard for the talent because they’re thrust into a huge spotlight, then they win these things and they’re expected to have a record that’s on a par with the greats."

At the moment, "X Factor" is simply hoping for a winner that produces a hit. Season 1's winner, Melanie Amaro, had lackluster sales with the three singles she released -- and the album -- which underwent several delays -- has yet to be released. She won the title in December 2011.

The "Keep The Faith" singer continued: "I had 23 years to write my first record – I was able to develop a career in bars; I would never have won any of those contests. You see them there and they can hit the high note and then a year later they’re a trivia question. It’s a big ask of these kids."

But if anyone is asking Jon Bon Jovi to pass judgment on those kids, he's taking a pass. Besides, like he said, he has a job. Nine Top 10 albums, four of which have peaked at No. 1, and worldwide sold-out concert tours are also reason to pass on the invitations, be they from "X Factor," "American Idol," or some other singing competition show that might ask.

What About Now, Bon Jovi's twelfth studio album, hits stores on March 26.

(photo credit: Rosana Prada, Creative Commons)

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