Kasabian's Tom Meighan condemns 'appalling' X Factor for 'torturing' Susan Boyle

"Simon Cowell must be laughing," the singer says

Pic: Dean Chalkley
Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan has laid into The X Factor for manipulating contestants.

The singer said he finds it difficult to accept how popular the reality series has become, adding that it creates no good new music.

"The X Factor is like something The Riddler would do in Batman. It sucks out everyone's brains," he told the Daily Record. "I can't believe how appallingly low we have gone as a nation for people to watch that pile of shit. It's appalling music. It's shocking."

Speaking of individual contestants on reality programmes, Meighan says he feels sorry for the likes of John and Edward Grimes and Susan Boyle.

"The twins, John and Edward, are poor kids who don't know what is going on. They have lost their heads. These kids have no idea.

"Look at Susan Boyle. It is appalling what they have done to her. She doesn't know, does she, bless her. Poor thing. They are making her into this massive star and it is ridiculous. It will torture her for the rest of her life. She is not ready for it and she is not made for it. She is being manipulated. It's horrible."

Meighan also registered his disbelief at how The X Factor judges can be taken seriously as music critics, declaring: "Simon Cowell must be laughing. For him, Louis Walsh, Cheryl Cole - who was once a contestant on 'Popstars: The Rivals' - and Dannii Minogue, who has had very few pop hits in her life, to sit there and judge people, it's incredible."

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