Damon Albarn Rips TV Talent Shows

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Damon Albarn has unloaded on television talent shows, comparing them to a cancer in the music business.

During a recent interview with Britain’s The Sun, the former Blur hit maker says there are some talented people on shows like American Idol, but they are often ruined in the process.

“It’s not good because, though from time to time they may stumble across a beautiful voice, they put them through a food processor and make them fast food. A cow is definitely a more beautiful thing before it hits the hamburger factory,” Albarn says in the interview.

“I think music would be totally fine and in a healthy state if people weren’t so preoccupied with celebrity,” he adds.

According to Albarn some of the singers on talent shows like X Factor and American Idol could produce some great work if they weren’t under the direction of record executives and television producers.

“There is potential for insane cross-fertilisation but there’s this sort of malignant tumour that keeps growing, very much based on a few TV and record executives practising this dark art of the television show.”


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