Elton John: Anti-American Idol
How does a pop star become a pop star? It used to be through hard work and toiling at small clubs, but now it could be on network television – and Sir [lastfm]Elton John[/lastfm] is not pleased with that development.
“I’m not a fan of talent shows,” he said of shows like “X Factor” and “American Idol.” “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.”
That’s not to say that John is necessarily against every one of the acts that the shows have launched.
“There have been some good acts,” he admits, but quickly added, “but the only way to sustain a career is to pay your dues in small, —- clubs.”
John also has a handful of contemporary artists he admires, like Britain’s bad girl duo of [lastfm]Amy Winehouse[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Lily Allen[/lastfm], along with pop superstar [lastfm]Lady Gaga[/lastfm]. However, he also has a word of warning for modern day musicians.
“It’s important they write their own songs, so they’re not at the mercy of anyone,” he said. “Songwriters today are pretty awful, which is why everything sounds the same. Contemporary pop isn’t very inspiring.”
If we had watched some wanna-bes do THIS to our songs, we’d be mad too:
Can “Idol” be a force for good? And does every pop act have to write their own music? After all, we’re not too far removed from the Brill Building…