Dave Grohl has slammed TV talent shows like American Idol, X Factor and The Voice, and said they make “everyone sound like f*****g Christina Aguilera.”
The Foo Fighters frontman and ex-Nirvana drummer made the surprising outburst in the latest issue of British music magazine NME.
As well as claiming that contestants are judged far too harshly by judges that have no business judging anyone, the 44-year-old multi-instrumentalist said talent shows stymie individualism and try to make singers sound the same.
“I think people should feel encouraged to be themselves,” said Grohl. Adding, “I swear to God, if my daughter walked up onstage and sang her heart out and some f*****g billionaire looked at her and said, ‘No, I’m sorry you’re not any good,’ I’d f*****g throttle that person, I swear to God. Who the f**k are you to say what’s good or bad?”
The rocker offered this piece of advice to anyone thinking about entering a TV talent show, “the next time someone says you’re not a good singer say: ‘F**k You’.”
Citing 60’s folk singer and ex-Crosby, Stills and Nash member Neil Young as an example, Grohl recalls Young telling him that someone in his band once said told him he [Young] shouldn’t be the singer.
Grohl observes: “If Neil Young had listened to that person then we wouldn’t have had any Neil Young.”
The Ohio native recently announced plans for the follow-up to Foo Fighter’s 2011’s Wasting Light album, dropping an intriguing quote that he has a “crazy idea of what I want to do with the next record … it’s not conventional. It won’t be a conventional record.”
In addition, Grohl, who has been recently confirmed as the drummer for the upcoming Queens of the Stone Age album, is also working on his in-the-works documentary Sound City which will feature a collaborative soundtrack with the likes of Steve Nicks, Trent Reznor and Paul McCartney as featured artists.
Do you agree with Grohl’s opinion about TV talent shows, or do think they are a good way for undiscovered talent to get noticed?