Have you ever wondered what artists thought of reality music competitions? The thought has crossed my mind once or twice. While some may like it, Queen guitarist Brian May is definitely not one of them. In a post on his website, he referred to the programs as the “ultimate insult to music.”
“Sorry -- hate to be negative -- but I have to say this,” he explained “In my opinion, The Voice is absolutely the dullest, dumbest, most depressing programme on TV. It's also the ultimate insult to music and to performers. Every time I catch a glimpse of young singers busting their guts trying to win somebody's attention, who is rudely sitting with their back to the singer I feel sick.
“We have messages, we have subtle emotions, we have beauty, which can only be shared by a performer in front of an audience whose whole attention is already freely given,” he continued. “The performance is all about EVERYTHING the performer gives in voice, in sound, in body language, in facial expression, in intimate eye contact. This stupid, stupid idea that someone can JUDGE a singer by turning his back on him, and missing out on proper contact, is, to me, a fatuous nonsense. And actually poisonous to the growth of young performers.”
He did go on Twitter later and modify his comments a touch, saying that, “I feel I would rather not have said The Voice is vile. It’s merely annoying. People who disrespect animals or children are the vile ones.”
Do you think he has a point?