Linda Perry Disses "American Idol" Hardcore
Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:53:04
Singer-songwriter Linda Perry, who was in the alt rock band 4 Non Blondes and who penned MAJOR, definitive hits for P!nk, Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera and more, has dissed American Idol...hardcore.
During an interview on Larry King Now, Perry, who is married to Sara Gilbert, said, "My process of songwriting comes from a very real place, a place that when you watch American Idol - God bless it, it's probably an awesome experience that these people are having-- but it's not a real one."
She continued, "Those kids that are on that show would never, would NEVER be found out by a label. A label would never go 'I want that kid' - you know - they're not special enough. They're singing cover songs, they're not real musicians. They're more being put out on the show because this person seems a little fucked up so they're gonna be good for TV, that person we know we're gonna dump them in the second episode, and you know it's already planned out to who the winner is."
Ouch! Perry's opinion is strong. But it's also probably right on the money, since the reality talent shows garner HUGE (but now dwindling) ratings during the season, but produce very few superstars, save for Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Adam Lambert and a small handful of others.
Perry also thinks the show, and realty talent shows in general, are more about corporate sponsorships than about fostering artists or maintaining artistic integrity. She asked, "Is it really about music or is it about selling Coca-Cola? Is it about the judges and their million dollar paychecks? What are these fucking shows actually about?"
We love a strong and talented woman who speaks her mind.
Watch a clip from Perry's Larry King Now appearance below, and check Ora.TV for more clips.
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