Elton was approached about an X Factor judging role but was too busy, says David Furnish.
The singer's husband told the Sun: “There was talk about the possibility of a judging role for Elton.
An X Factor source claimed that the former Reg Dwight wasn't asked this year, although he's been approached in the past.
At any rate, ''he's always welcome as we are big fans, and he has performed before.''
Meanwhile, Robbie Williams and his wife, Ayda Field, are believed to be replacing long-serving judge Louis Walsh and pop star Nicole Scherzinger.
Sharon Osbourne will only appear as a judge during the live episodes, skipping the audition process of the ITV series, which returns in August.