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Harry Hill working on X Factor: The Musical

Comedian Harry Hill has confirmed that he is working on the production of 'X Factor: The Musical' which is set to open next year.

Hill is reported to have turned down a £1million pay rise from ITV to stay on as host of his popular Saturday-night comedy show 'TV Burp' to concentrate on writing the script for the X Factor stage show.

When quizzed by the Radio Times about his rumoured involvement in Simon Cowell's new venture Hill replied: 'We're seeing if there's any mileage in it and edging in that direction. Hopefully, yes.'

'I'd pen the story and the gags, taking the p**s out of The X Factor, but at the same time celebrating it,' the 46-year-old comedian added.

Hill admitted that he had initially been worried about Simon Cowell's decision to quit the X Factor UK to concentrate on the US version of the show. However, he added that the new-look judging panel of Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos and Kelly Rowland had worked really well.

'I was pleasantly surprised with the new X Factor judges. We all thought, 'Oh God, what's it going to be like without Simon?' But I don't think we miss him like we missed him from Britain's Got Talent.'

The funnyman added: 'Gary's not as caustic but he's got a few nice put-downs; Tulisa is the heart and soul of the panel; and Kelly is the international flavour - it's always very glamorous to have someone with an American accent. Unless it's John Barrowman.'

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