Dave Grohl: 'TV Talent Shows Make Everyone Sound Like Christina Aguilera'
Grohl says the contestants on these shows are judged too harshly by people who can hardly perform music of their own.
Posted on Mar 26, 2013 03:04 pm
Dave Grohl has slammed TV talent shows like "American Idol" and "X Factor" because the cruel judges can hardly perform music of their own.
The Foo Fighters frontman also said that contestants on those shows ends up sounding the same rather than finding their own voices.
"I think people should feel encouraged to be themselves," Grohl told NME. "That's what bums me out about those shows where people are judged so harshly by f--king musicians that hardly even play an instrument on their own f--king albums. It makes me really mad."
He added: "I swear to God, if my daughter walked up onstage and sang her heart out and some f--king billionaire looked at her and said, 'No, I'm sorry you're not any good,' I'd fucking throttle that person, I swear to God. Who the f--k are you to say what's good or bad?"
Grohl says the problem with these young singers trying to please judges means that "everyone sounds like f--king Christina Aguilera."
Of course, Dave Grohl knows more than a thing or two about making real music. The last Foo Fighters album was recorded on analog tape in his garage, and he spoke to dozens of respected musicians while filming his recent "Sound City" documentary movie, where he picked up this piece of advice from an old friend:
"The next time someone says you're not a good singer say: 'F--k You'. I interviewed Neil Young and he said in his band someone said to him: 'The band's really great, but honestly you shouldn't be the singer.' If Neil Young had listened to that person then we wouldn't have had any Neil Young."
What do you make of TV talent shows? Should there be a place for it on our TV screens or could they do a better job of representing real music with passion? Share your view in the comments.