Paul Weller: I’d be “too embarrassed” to do a talent show

The Voice and X Factor are "Saturday-night viewing for the masses", pop legend tells RT


Singer/songwriter Paul Weller has criticised TV talent shows, calling them “Saturday-night viewing for the masses”.


“Would I be a judge? Would I hell,” the 53-year-old told the new issue of Radio Times magazine.

In a joint interview with Jools Holland, Weller said: “You can’t compare the with Later… They’re talent shows, as opposed to a show that’s representing a cross-section of music.”

Asked about the Jam auditioning for Opportunity Knocks before becoming famous, Weller replied: “Thank God we got turned down in the audition. It could all have been so different… But 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?”

Holland added: “Yeah, you’d kick the microphone over, say, ‘It’s a load of old b******s, see you later…'”


For the full interview with Weller and Holland, see the new issue of Radio Times magazine, in shops today.