Sheffield’s Jessica Ennis keen on an X Factor role

Jess Ennis and her gold medal in Barkers Pool
Jess Ennis and her gold medal in Barkers Pool
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OLYMPIC champion Jessica Ennis could be set to appear as a guest mentor on smash TV show The X Factor.

Sheffield’s golden girl said she would ‘definitely’ like to appear on the programme after it emerged show bosses are sounding out Team GB stars.

Speaking on ITV1’s Lorraine she said: “This is definitely news to me but it sounds like a brilliant idea. I’m a massive fan of X Factor so we’ll see.”

Asked whether she would appear, the 26-year-old from Millhouses said: “Well yes, definitely, I think it’s a great idea, yes.

“Obviously before the Olympics I was just training so hard and making sure that I didn’t miss anything so I had to turn a lot of things down and say no to things that I would loved to have done at the time. And now I can just relax now that I’ve got this medal and I can enjoy myself a bit.”

Show bosses are reported to have also approached British gold medallists Mo Farah, Sir Chris Hoy and Bradley Wiggins.

Men’s time trial gold medallist Wiggins was dismissive when asked about the programme.

The Tour De France winner said: “Let’s not talk about the X Factor. Compared to the Olympics, everywhere you went the country was on a high, and as athletes it was phenomenal to see that.

“Then you see X Factor and it’s like, ‘Oh God, everyone’s got to put up with that all winter now’.”

The first X Factor show, which screened on Saturday, was two million viewers down on the start of the last series.