Keith Lemon

Keith Lemon

Keith Lemon's 'X Factor'-themed 'Celebrity Juice' special has been blocked by Simon Cowell.

The 39-year-old comedian - whose real name is Leigh Francis - is keen to get talent show judges Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh as well as former panellist Cheryl Cole on his BAFTA-winning ITV2 show but he doesn't think music mogul Simon, 53, will let the plans go ahead.

Keith told the Daily Star newspaper: "I love the 'X Factor'. I throw my PJs on and watch it like a lass.

"I'd like to have Gary Barlow on. We met and got on well, I think. He said he'd love to come on because he thought it was absolutely fantastic.

"I don't know if he is allowed to while doing 'X Factor', Simon Cowell told Louis Walsh off for coming on."

Keith will need to find a replacement for team leader Fearne Cotton, 31, while she is in on maternity leave during the next season and he would love to get his mum on board to join other leader Holly Willoughby.

He added: "I think my mum would be the best replacement for Fearne because she's right fun and lovely, like the mum in 'Happy Days'."

But one guest who has surprised him on the show is glamour model and reality star Katie Price, 34, as she was more "quiet" and held-back than he expected her to be during the comedy quiz.

He explained: "When Kate Price is on she is right quiet. She builds a wall up and goes, 'Come on then, take the p**s out of me.'

"I'm like, 'It's not about that, we're going to hopefully get you doing something fun and we'll get to see another side of you.'

"That's what we try and go on 'Celeb Juice' rather than attack them verbally. It's all just a joke and isn't nasty."