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  I auditioned for Simon Cowell!
Updated 15 August 2003, 18.34
Lizzie auditioned for Simon Cowell
Lizzie Greenwood auditioned for Pop Idol judge Simon Cowell.

Here she describes her encounter with pop's harshest critic.

But don't worry - it looks like she won't be leaving Newsround for pop stardom just yet...

"On Friday a newspaper set up a special line where people could telephone Simon Cowell and try out for Pop Idol.

So I thought I'd have a go!

I was very very nervous. It's not everyday you get to perform for pop's Mr Nasty and I was lucky (or unlucky) enough to get through to him.

I chose to sing Avril Lavigne's Sk8er Boy - I was so scared I was shaking but I think I did it OK.

But Simon Cowell didn't seem to think so. He told me to stop after just one verse and told me there was absolutely no chance of being a pop star!

I have to say he wasn't as mean as I expected him to be - he said he was sure I was a very good TV presenter but that he thought singing just isn't my thing.

I have to say I was a bit disappointed.

So that's it for me now - there'll be no more attempts at a pop career.

Now I've been told by Simon I will get rid of my pop ambitions forever. Maybe I should have chosen a song that suits my voice better...

But I am relieved I don't ever have to sing in front of him again.

And I'm really glad I gave it my best shot. For now I'll stick to presenting! "


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