October 31, 2013 13:05

Elton John says he 'feels sorry' for contestants on 'The X Factor'

Singer made comments while filming 'The Graham Norton Show'

Elton John says he 'feels sorry' for contestants on 'The X Factor'

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Elton John has said that he feels sorry for contestants on The X Factor who are "thrown to the wolves" when they achieve fame with no previous experience of the music industry.

Sir Elton, who released his latest solo album 'The Diving Board' earlier this year, spoke about his feelings on TV talent shows while filming an appearance on Graham Norton's BBC One chat show, to be aired tomorrow night (November 1). Giving a typically outspoken answer, he said he "feels sorry" for contestants who don't have the requisite life skills that time spent trying to break into the music industry gives you.

"The type of celebrity that television shows give you these days, without the experience of playing live, means you are just thrown to the wolves," he said, reports MTV News. "Getting experience by being in a band and earning very little from what you love doing gives you the backbone, mettle and experience you will need later in life. I don't dislike the people on these shows, but feel sorry for them; they win the show, make their record and the next year it's someone else."

It was recently confirmed that Tom Hardy is to star as Elton John in the forthcoming biopic of the piano-playing icon. The Dark Knight Rises actor Hardy had been linked to the role in May of this year but has now signed up officially. Titled Rocketman, the film is billed as "a larger-than-life movie musical spectacle that tells the story of a child prodigy turned music legend". Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall has penned the script.

Rocketman is being made by Elton John's film company Rocket Pictures, whose biggest hit to date is 2011's Gnomeo & Juliet, a computer-animated children's film that grossed over $190 million (£125 million) worldwide. The singer will serve as an executive producer on the biopic and is planning to "re-record many of his iconic hits", a press release reveals, "to parallel the emotional beats of the film".

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