London: Singer Adele refused to participate in singing reality show like 'The X Factor' to get a career break because she feared she would make a fool of herself on live television.

The 23-year-old knew she wanted to be an entertainer from the age of 12 but rejected  the idea of getting her start through a reality series.

'We'd be watching 'The X Factor', and my family would tell me I should go on. But then you'd see a parent on the show saying, 'My child is the next Mariah (Carey),' and the kid would be rubbish. So I'd look at them and think, you just want me to be embarrassed for a good laugh',' Adele said.