Laura Marling on 'The X Factor': 'It's an awful part of our society'

Singer says TV reality shows are "just horrible"

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Laura Marling has spoken out against TV programmes like The Voice and The X Factor.

When asked what she thought about television talent competitions by BBC Radio 4's Today programme this morning (April 24), she replied: "They are just horrible. It’s an awful part of our society. It’s teaching the wrong thing, I think, teaching that you want fame. It’s not fame that you want its satisfaction, which is a very different thing, but they sometimes go hand in hand. It makes me sad."

Marling was speaking about her latest project composing music for a new production of Shakespeare's As You Like It, which opens at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon tonight. "I have no knowledge of theatre, and I’d say not a huge knowledge of Shakespeare either. I didn’t finish school so I have always been daunted by the idea of Shakespeare. I got the real fear about doing this," she said.

"I was intrigued - you know, the wonderful thing was I was basically given a license to rip off Shakespeare," she added. When asked what the biggest challenge was with the project, she replied: "Because it’s a comedy, I’m not really known for my lightheartedness. My natural inclination is more melancholic and quite…not morose, that’s too much, but I had to find a balance."

Laura Marling will release her new album 'Once I Was An Eagle' on May 27. The follow-up to 2011's 'A Creature I Don't Know', it was at the Three Crows Studio owned by producer and solo musician Ethan Johns (Kings of Leon, Ryan Adams, Vaccines), with Dom Monks on engineering duties.

The full tracklisting for 'Once I Was An Eagle' is:

'Take The Night Off'
'I Was An Eagle'
'You Know'
'Breathe'
'Master Hunter'
'Little Love Caster'
'Devil's Resting Place'
'Interlude'
'Undine'
'Where Can I Go?'
'Once'
'Pray For Me'
'When Were You Happy? (And How Long Has That Been)'
'Love Be Brave'
'Little Bird'
'Saved These Words'


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