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Meow! Annie Lennox vs Simon Cowell

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This is a little dramatic don't you think?

Annie Lennox has come forth to criticize Simon Cowell's TV talent shows such as American Idol and The X Factor. She says:

"I think those types of shows are dangerous and cruel - they'll have a long-lasting effect on how people look at music. I understand their appeal, but there's no chance I'd ever be a judge. You have a panel of people basically giving you the thumbs up or down, and there's so much more to music than that."

That's show business, lady!

Especially when it comes to making music for the masses like those shows!

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73 comments to “Meow! Annie Lennox vs Simon Cowell”



  1. 1

    well she has sold 80,000,000 albums so i think she knows about selling music to the masses lol

    p.s follow me on t w i t e r my names FUTURESTARdelux thanks :) x



  2. 2

    She has a point. The industry is all about getting money out of the pockets of kids. That's all. Much of the art or training that goes into the art is ignored.
    .
    Get your "15 minutes" of fame and move on the next tranny, gay or tongue pierced wannabe.



  3. 3

    I am becoming so disenchanted with Perez Hilton these days.
    .
    The tenor of all the posts made today sounds nothing like the real Perez.
    .
    So something soon, Mario, or you're going to lose readers. Stop insulting your audience and have your ghost writers sign their posts.



  4. 4

    So much talent has been discovered because of these shows. I dont care what some people think, they are giving a chance to young talent that may have never been discovered.
    OK so this year AM sucks but I'm talking in general.



  5. 5

    She looks like shit, and i'm being nice.



  6. 6

    How Mario do you always manage to sound more and more stupid with every single post you write.



  7. 7

    Utmmm let's see
    Simon Cowell was a nobody until American Idol.
    Paula Abdul was a has-been until American Idol.
    Randy was a drummer and nobody before American Idol.
    Despite years and years on air American Idol has produced mostly nobodys but a few lucky kids.
    It's the biggest cast of rich losers there ever was.



  8. 8

    Re: VeganValSo something soon, Mario, or you're going to lose readers going to? hardly any left…..



  9. 9

    it's important for see that there is 'music' and the 'music industry'….shows like this exist as a modern day circus, and aren't really about music at all….I'll take Anni and her opinion any day over the likes of a show like Idol or whatever Simon Cowell is doing…Annie's music moves me, the 'music' from these shows and their ilk does not…



  10. 10

    She doesn't have her claws out like your headline implies, and Madonna has more or less said the same thing as well.



  11. 11

    Perez, how the hell are YOU gonna tell Annie effing Lennox about show business??



  12. 12

    annie lennox knows more about music than simon and mario put together………



  13. 13

    I like Annie but I think her comment is silly. We all hear music and give our thumbs up or down to whether we like it or not. I'm sure when Annie hears a song or sees someone live, she makes a judgment about whether she likes it or not. The opinions of the judges on American Idol is just their opinion. I think most singers who go on the show are intelligent enough to realize that. Just because some judge or even Annie Lennox hates your music and says it is bad and you are untalented, doesn't mean you are! I don't have to agree with the opinion of the judges on American Idol about what singers are good or not, but they have a right to their opinion.



  14. 14

    good point, Annie!



  15. 15

    Love Annie! Valid opinion, tho these shows aren't going anywhere. She needs a new dentist to give her better veneers.



  16. 16

    Ok Perez, we all get you're still angling for Simon's job but really…being a douche to Annie FREAKING Lennox??? The woman has probably forgotten more about music than you'll ever know.



  17. 17

    Annie speaks the truth.



  18. 18

    She's an artist talking to a bunch of hacks. American Idol cranks out utter nothingness. And of course the masses eat it up. They eat up Hamburglar cheesemeat dollar sandwiches, too.

    And it isn't the genre that makes AI and so much music now "hack". It is the fact they're so strident in finding the next "Johnny Bravo". And well, we all know how well Greg Brady could sing.

    What we need are fewer music shows and more underpants competitions.

    Just cut to the chase. Find the best built, best hung 18-20 yo males. Have them do a battle of bulge on air. AMERICA CAN STILL VOTE.

    Then, you take the winner, give him a Gey-TAR and record a million singles.

    And actually you'd probably get yourselves a bigger American Idol doing it that way.

    Send all royalties to me. Always glad to help.
    :O)



  19. 19

    Annie was making music before you were freakin' born, fatso! She's 100% dead spot on - these karaoke shows HAVE killed the music industry.

  20. Merab says – reply to this


    20

    I absolutely agree with her…

    and there are STILL people who think that those shows do any good or have anything to do with music…haha…
    it´s really a MIRACLE that some of the contestants managed to have some carriers after…but damage is done …their creativity and music will never be in same class as of big artists…those shows fuck up contestant´s brains with stress, judgemental expectations, fears and all shit…MUSIC (and even show biz) IS NOT ABOUT THAT…Annie got it right



  21. 21

    Re: CatAttack – Though I agree with just about everything you said, I do disagree about the Randy Jackson comment. Randy is a bassist, not a drummer. He's a producer, was an A&R exec, a recording/touring muscian and has been in the industry for years. He's as talented as he is knowledgeable. Sadly for him, American Idol has made him into a "TV Personality", and in turn, it has dumbed down his credentials.



  22. 22

    this bitch….she sang on their 'gives back' show….wtf?



  23. 23

    Well said Annie Lennox, those shows are destroying the music industry and she is not the first respected artist to say so. Why you give a negative slant to this perez I don't know, she speaks the truth, they may well be great entertainment but we will regret their very existance one day, mark my words.



  24. 24

    Sry Mario, but I disagree with you. Showbusiness is Not about being ugly and mean to ppl, is about talent, entertainment, public relations and a lot of other things, did I mention entertainment? Being ugly to ppl is not that. And that "lady" like you so disdainfully call her is a full artist that knows what she is talking about. See, while you was still under your mommies underskirt, she was making music, money and giving ppl a taste of what a good voice range is, contrary to beyonce and many others that kill the high notes by making them flat.. So before you open your gay trap get your facts together asshole…



  25. 25

    Annie Lennox is in quite a different class than anyone associated with American Idol or yourself Perez. She is an artist.



  26. 26

    Re: sockie – She's not Pamela Anderson. She does not package herself for consumption by American males (or females). She's all about the talent. I think Perez' people photoshopped her picture to make her look older than she is. But either way, many enlightened adults find her beautiful.



  27. 27

    Re: YoungTaurus – awsome pic! KATE BUSH RULES!!!!! ^_^



  28. 28

    I agree with her 100%!



  29. 29

    yeah, um, you know more about The Biz than Annie Lenox. you need to ramp up the meds, sweetie. your delusions of grandeur aren't under control yet…



  30. 30

    She's right. Those bunch of twats, one a dumb ass, one a nausea inducing daytime tv hack, one a nobody disgusting fool and one a botox infused narcissist have absoultely no right to judge anybody. They make up the whose who of vanity and trash. more to the point they have no right to call the boil in the bag paint by numbers elevator music, music! And then theres the dicks up on the stage crying buckets like theyre fighting cancer or on dialysis. Foul.



  31. 31

    she's right but at the same time, lots of music stars/actors/actresses get turned down all the time but still persevere!!!!



  32. 32

    I agree with Annie, I understand the masses like that crap but I don't watch it



  33. 33

    Gosh I guess Perez really is a whore…still fighting for that spot on Idol aren't you? That's like fighting for a shit sandwich. Blech.



  34. 34

    Totally misleading headline (again) Perez



  35. 35

    Totally agree - Idol is a poop salad!



  36. 36

    Shows like American Idols , X Factor , etc , aren't about "real music". Doesn't everyone know that? It's about escapism and making fun of people and making ourselves feel better by putting others down. I always figured most people knew the difference between "real " and "fake" music. No one who wins this show or judges on this show is a "musician".



  37. 37

    Yeah if your in the music business. If not like most of these kids who can't get a foot in the door.



  38. 38

    Of course she is totally right



  39. 39

    I think she knows what she's talking about Perez - those shows are absolute rubbish. They're not about music - they're about ratings and sensationalism. The fact that someone like Susan Boyle can be as famous as she is, is testament to that. Plenty of people have fabulous voices - they just marketed her as the ultimate 'hard luck' story and everyone fell for it hook, line and sinker.



  40. 40

    we need more embalming fluid pronto!



  41. 41

    her front teeth look photo shopped



  42. 42

    Lol, I love how perez talks as if he knows more about music than Annie Lennox.

    Oh, right, you're picking the latest and greatest talent now. How's Slimy doing these days? I still haven't seen or heard him on anything other than this website.



  43. 43

    If she doesn't like these shows, then why'd she perform on Idol Gives Back? HYPOCRITE!



  44. 44

    Don't smoke people…look at what it did to Annie….YUK!



  45. 45

    Annie knows about real music, about artistic expression and creating something sublime. Mario knows about hype and image and nothing about anything musically substantial. When Annie talks music you should not only shut up and listen, you should take notes and then study the wisdom of her words.



  46. 46

    Culture, what includes music, in America and probably all around the world has decreased to the level of ground zero, Pereuza. those shows are for people today what throwing christians to the lions was for people in the past, trashy and unfair. the showbizz has become in some instances more disgusting than the bucket of vomit i would like to throw in your face someday.



  47. 47

    This is coming from the woman who sings on Idol Gives Back… and makes appearances on the show?



  48. 48

    wasn't she on american idol last month…



  49. 49

    Whoa.



  50. 50

    she's 100 percent right.



  51. 51

    says the woman who was on idol like less than a month ago



  52. 52

    I gotta agree with her 100% A .I. is such bullshit . Like a really bad Brady Bunch Musical.



  53. 53

    Re: VeganVal – I TOTALLY agree. I scan past most of this shit because i don't care about 95% of it . Who reads about all these "reality" shows ???? And j Beiber needs to go away for along long time.



  54. 54

    Re: poorlittlerichiegirl – but that was for charity. she was not a judge- POOR LITTLE DUMB(UNT .



  55. 55

    Umm.. no offence Perez but I think Annie Lennox knows more about show business and making music for the masses better then anyone.
    I agree with what she said.

  56. MP says – reply to this


    56

    Hasn't Ms. Lennox participated in Idol Gives Back several times? I guess she could suck it up for the greatest good, but you'd think she would have said something sooner. Isn't AI in its 9th season or something? And I have to disagree with her a little bit. I think AI gives a shot to those who probably would not have gotten that shot. So I don't think it's all bad.



  57. 57

    Who is perez hilton and his little bitches to tell ANNIE LENNOX what show business is?!?!?!
    you aren't even in the SHOW BUSINESS, asshole.

    annie lennox is a legend.. and anyone who disagrees has no idea what they're talking about. she started something, she is pure talent, and she knows what she's talking about.

    she's brilliant. simon cowell? i like him, but he's not brilliant.. sorry



  58. 58

    I love Annie, but if those shows are so bad, then why did she sing on AI?



  59. 59

    Of course MARIO, you and your mindless twink followers wouldn't know art if it bit you in YOUR FAT ASS! LOL



  60. 60

    MARIO AND YOUR FUCKING GHOST WRITERS…STFU about things you don't know anything about!



  61. 61

    It's all a game. Simon Cowell is honest. I agree with his insights all the time. Annie is terrific but not right about everything like picking a good dentist.



  62. 62

    annie lennox is a living legend. simon cowell is s#!t under her stilletto..



  63. 63

    she's so right!
    and she's incredibly talented, but if someone with her voice auditioned for the show they'd be laughed at unfairly, the shows only recognises and discover a certain type of talent

  64. @v@ says – reply to this


    64

    She has a right to her opinion. It's not for the sensitive. She's very empathetic, and from the school of hit the road and hone your craft. They've done this instant pop sensation thing in Japan for years. I've never liked it, but not because the artists coming out of it aren't good. The artists can be controlled this way as most don't write, play, or have a band or management team already, so the artist takes what they're offered, and more profits go to the svengalis pulling all of the strings. If the artist gets an attitude, poof.

  65. @v@ says – reply to this


    65

    Not to mention that these t.v. shows have been gargantuan money makers. It's kind of the civilized version of the Christians going to the lions, but Annie wisely sees the emotional roadkill.

  66. @v@ says – reply to this


    66

    The shows have brought therapist types in recently, so there must have been some issues along the way.



  67. 67

    well said…..



  68. 68

    shes right



  69. 69

    People like to watch other people strive and succeed or fail. It's just interesting, it reveals a lot about human nature, it gives people the (sometimes delusional) hope that they too could succeed at whatever. Thus, the popularity of Idol, as well as Project Runway, Top Chef, America's Next Top Model, Design Star, The Next Food Network Star, etc. etc. etc. The people who do the best on the shows are the ones who look at it as a stepping stone, national publicity for their career, as part of a lot of other things they're doing, as opposed to,"I'm going to go on this show and then I'll be a star and everything will be perfect for the rest of my life." (And it's interesting, the people I think will have the longest and best post-AI careers — Adam Lambert, Jennifer Hudson and Daughtry — didn't win…)



  70. 70

    I sort of agree with her, but I love how she appeared on the show, even if it was Idol gives back, it still gave her attention… annoying…



  71. 71

    She's just a jealous washed up, dried out has-been. I don't hear the young people who have made it on American Idol complaining.

  72. @v@ says – reply to this


    72

    Annie is right. There IS more to music than that. Really Good music, anyway.



  73. 73

    She makes a good argument, but that being said, why did she participate in a show that she obviously doesn't like a couple of weeks ago?