Annie Lennox blasts TV talent shows with 'stupid rows of judges'

Annie Lennox

SINGER Annie Lennox has launched a scathing attack on "horrible" television talent shows and their "stupid rows of judges".

The former Eurythmics singer criticised the "feeding frenzy" of celebrity culture, which she said led to a "Faustian pact with brand empires".

In an outspoken attack written on her Facebook blog, the 58-year-old hit out at talent shows, and questioned what some people were actually famous for. The Aberdeen-born singer, who has sold more than 80 million records, also blamed celebrity on "collusion" between the music and fashion industries.

Lennox, whose hits included 'Why' and 'Walking on Broken Glass', warned there was "no money worth losing your freedom or privacy for, but everybody's rushing for the golden carrot".

While she did not mention specific shows, her attacks represent thinly veiled criticisms of shows such as 'The X Factor' and 'Britain's Got Talent'.

She wrote: "It all really revved up with the development of internet downloading . . . the whole music industry turned into a completely different ball game. (I still can't quite get my head around it, but . . . I'm a self-confessed Luddite.)

"In any case, it's all about collusion. The collusion of music industry and fashion labels. The corporate sponsorship deals with brands . . . everybody's part of the feeding frenzy."

The blog update provoked a range of responses. The majority praised her blog, in terms such as "awesome", "eloquent" and "wonderful". But some disagreed, arguing that many singers, regardless of their era, were discovered through the "media". (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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