Elton John might be speaking for the masses.
The musical legend told the UK’s Daily Mail that he couldn’t bring himself to join the judge’s panel on “American Idol” and fears that winners of such shows are destined for failure.
“I’m not a fan of talent shows. I probably wouldn’t have lasted if I’d gone on one. I was asked to judge American Idol. I couldn’t do it because I won’t slag anyone off,” he reportedly said. “Also, I don’t want to be on television. It’s become boring, (expletive)-paralysingly brain crippling. I like Simon Cowell, but what he does is TV entertainment.”
John said the acts don’t have lasting power.
“The only way to sustain a career is to pay your dues in small, s**t clubs,” he said.
A side from a few exceptions - Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and, sort of, Fantasia Barrino - it seems John has a point at least when it comes to American Idol winners.
Where in the world is Taylor Hicks anyway? Perhaps he’s with Carmen Sandiego. He was last seen playing for VH1 Save the Music Foundation on “Don’t Forget the Lyrics!”
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