Elton John to mentor acts on The X Factor UK 2013

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Elton John is set to make an appearance on The X Factor UK this year.

The legendary Brit singer will appear on the series to mentor the acts later on in the show, The Sun reports.

But it's despite the outspoken musician previously branding the programme “ar*e-paralysingly brain crippling”.

"I’m not a fan of talent shows. I probably wouldn’t have lasted if I’d gone on one," he said previously. “It’s become boring, a***-paralysingly brain crippling.”

Elton continued back in 2010: “TV vaults you to superstardom and then you have to back it up.

“Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke are at the mercy of the next song they can get.

“It’s important that they write their own songs, so they’re not at the mercy of anyone.

“Songwriters today are pretty awful, which is why everything sounds the same. Contemporary pop isn’t very inspiring.”

X Factor boss Simon Cowell had apparently wanted to get the Rocketman singer on the show for some time, but it was returning judge Sharon Osbourne who persuaded her friend to make an appearance.

The X Factor 2013 continues this Saturday night on ITV and continues on Sunday with the latest results.

This weekend is Movies week, with Lady GaGa and The Wanted performing on Sunday's show.

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