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Jools -- great music is no talent contest

'The Voice' might have proved a success for RTE and the BBC but talent shows are not the forum to produce great music, Jools Holland has warned.

The pianist and presenter of the BBC's long-running 'Later . . . with Jools Holland' series argued that music cannot aspire to the level of "art" if it is reduced to a mere competition.

The 54-year-old said: "Budding artists need a break, I suppose. But music's not like a competition. It's an art form.

"I wouldn't knock the competition shows if that's what people want to do, but there's a difference between having it like a game show and having it as something that connects with your spirit and moves you . . . that's what music's supposed to be about."

The former member of Squeeze was backed up by Paul Weller, who guests on 'Later' when it returns to BBC2 next week.

Mr Weller, whose new album 'Sonik Kicks' topped the charts, called TV talent shows "Saturday night viewing for the masses", adding: "Would I be a judge? Would I hell."

The former Jam frontman (53) added: "I'd be too embarrassed to be on those shows.

"You get some of these kids who think they're a little bit 'edgy', got a bit of a Pete Doherty haircut.

"You're not edgy, really, mate. Otherwise you wouldn't be on an effing talent show, would you?"

Irish Independent