Speaking to UK magazine Radio Times [lastfm]Elton John [/lastfm]told RT’s Andrew Duncan “I’m not a fan of talent shows” he added “I was asked to judge American Idol. I couldn’t do it because I won’t slag anyone off. Also I don’t want to be on television. It’s become boring, a***-paralysingly brain crippling.”
Elton John also questioned whether talent shows promote long-term careers. “I like Simon Cowell, but what he does is TV entertainment. There have been some good acts, but the only way to sustain a career is to pay your dues…
“TV vaults you to superstardom and then you have to back it up, which is hard. [X Factor winners] Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke are at the mercy of the next song they can get. [lastfm]Susan Boyle[/lastfm] was an endearing phenomenon, but I fear she might not understand the rigours of showbusiness.”
But Elton John didn’t just have a negative message when it comes to modern pop. He also added “[lastfm]Lily Allen[/lastfm] is incredibly talented and can do anything she wants – act, sing, write… I’m also a huge fan of [lastfm]Lady Gaga[/lastfm]. And I adore [lastfm]Amy Winehouse[/lastfm].
“It’s important they write their own songs, so they’re not at the mercy of anyone. Songwriters today are pretty awful, which is why everything sounds the same. Contemporary pop isn’t very inspiring.”