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Foo Fighters man also reckons many contestants are judged far too harshly

Dave Grohl has hit out at TV talent shows such as American Idol and The X Factor.

The Foo Fighters frontman claims that many contestants are judged far too harshly by judges that are not musically talented.

Speaking in the current issue of NME he said: “I think people should feel encouraged to be themselves. That’s what bums me out about those shows where people are judged so harshly by fucking musicians that hardly even play an instrument on their own fucking albums. It makes me really mad.”

He added: “I swear to God, if my daughter walked up onstage and sang her heart out and some fucking billionaire looked at her and said, ‘No, I’m sorry you’re not any good,’ I’d fucking throttle that person, I swear to God. Who the fuck are you to say what’s good or bad?”

Grohl also reckons the shows homogenise music so that “everyone sounds like fucking Christina Aguilera.” The Foo Fighters singer added: “The next time someone says you’re not a good singer say: ‘Fuck You’. I interviewed Neil Young and he said in his band someone said to him: ‘The band’s really great, but honestly you shouldn’t be the singer.’ If Neil Young had listened to that person then we wouldn’t have had any Neil Young.”

Read the full interview with Dave Grohl – in which he talks about playing with Paul McCartney and why he’ll never retire – in the current issue of NME, on newsstands now or available digitally.

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