May 21, 2013 12:51

Brian May labels The Voice 'the ultimate insult to music'

Queen guitarist hits out at BBC talent show

Brian May labels The Voice 'the ultimate insult to music'

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Queen guitarist Brian May has revealed his hatred for BBC1 talent show The Voice, saying he hopes the programme "dies very soon".

May's outburst against the BBC show, which features Jessie J and will.i.am among its coaches, was published on his website, with the guitar player labelling it "dull, dumb and depressing".

"Sorry, hate to be negative but The Voice is the dullest, dumbest, most depressing show on TV," writes May. "It’s the ultimate insult to music and to performers."

Slightly misunderstanding the 'blind audition' element of The Voice format, May continues, "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 them... I feel sick. I hope this vile show dies a natural death very soon." May did go on to say that he is a fan of Sir Tom Jones, another of the show's coaches, and that he wishes he was not a part of it all.

Meanwhile, Brian May has announced plans to release 'The Badger Song' in protest at the government’s plan to cull badgers. The song is designed to raise awareness of the cause, and alert people to government plans to make killing badgers legal from June 1 in a bid to to reduce tuberculosis in cattle. Speaking at a public meeting in Taunton, Somerset on Saturday (April 20) May said: "It’s a kind of parody of 'Flash' (1980 Queen hit taken from the 'Flash Gordon' movie), as you’ll see."


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