18th October 2006 Simon Cowell has hit out at Charlotte Church, saying the pop star has thrown away a 'massive operatic' career. And he warned other young wannabe stars "don't go there". The outspoken TV judge told Classic FM: "She was our representative. And this was a girl who in my opinion, with a bit of training and some work, could have been a massive massive operatic star for the next few years because she's really talented," he said. "To me, it appears as if she's thrown it all away for this different career. She's crazy." The X Factor judge said he wanted to drop the admission age on his talent show to 12, as it was "the new 20". But he added: "What I don't want is six Charlotte Churches - I don't want that. I don't want them on chat shows swearing at the age of 20 in a few years time. "I can't bear all that. In fact I'm almost thinking about sending them each a poster of Charlotte Church with a big cross on it - 'don't go there'." Welsh singer Church recently announced she was taking a year out from music to concentrate on her new TV career. The former child star has been given two more series of The Charlotte Church Show for next year. Church lost the ratings battle with Jonathan Ross but managed to pull in around two million viewers after her launch on Channel 4. Tissues and Issues, her last album, reached number five last summer.