A British government minister has called on TV talent shows like 'Pop Idol' to axe their age limits and open the doors for older hopefuls.

The show, and its predecessor 'Popstars', placed age limits on contestants, with no-one over 26 allowed to enter.

Ian McCartney, who is the Pensions Minister and a grandfather of seven, said that talent was timeless and people of all ages should be given a chance of stardom.