Simon Cowell says somebody should have told James Arthur to ‘shut up’

'The X Factor' winner said this week that the show produces 'puppets' and 'karaoke singers'

Simon Cowell has said that somebody should have told James Arthur to “shut up”.

Earlier this week, the 2012 X Factor winner criticised Cowell’s ITV talent show for producing male winners that are not “believable” and look “like puppets”. He also said that the programme has good intentions to find “real talent” but usually ends up producing “karaoke singers”.

Speaking to Metro, Cowell commented: “I think James, unfortunately, has had so many issues with what he has done publicly – which is a real issue with me. Somebody should have told him to shut up and just put the records out.”

Arthur, who is currently signed to Simon Cowell’s management company Syco, also said that he wasn’t “in love” with his second single ‘You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You’ and felt detached from his self-titled debut album, which was released in 2013.

He also hit out at the music industry as a whole, saying that since winning the contest, he now has “people telling me what I can and can’t do, what music I can make, what music I can’t make”.

“People that aren’t artists don’t think about creativity and art, they think about money,” he said. “That’s why when you ‘find fame’ or you get signed to a record label it’s not what you imagined because what you imagine is they would just have 100 per cent faith and trust in you in an artist and unfortunately that’s not really the case.”

Last year, Arthur was forced to apologise and cancel a number of promotional activities after making homophobic comments in a rap. Rapper Micky Worthless recorded a track mocking the X Factor winner following his appearance on 1Xtra’s Fire In The Booth in November. In response, Arthur laid down a diss track of his own, in which he called Worthless a “fucking queer” and compared him to the Taliban.