Shade, thy name is Reid!!!
The head honcho over at Epic Records, one L.A. Reid, is now speaking out about his time on The X Factor, and you have to see the quotes to believe what he's saying!
Speaking in Cannes, France at a Pepsi-sponsored breakfast talk, Reid spoke very honestly about his time on the show and dealing with the pitfalls of competition and reality TV:
"It's the worst thing I've ever done. The first season, yes, I had a great time. It was a little bit of a vacation. I'd been making music, working at running labels for a long time, and it was a little bit of, 'Let me just have some fun.' But the second season I was fully engaged trying run a label, and it wasn't fun anymore."
Ok, so far, not too bad — everybody wants a break from the daily grind, right?
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Well… he continued:
"And more importantly, it really effected my taste — it almost destroyed it. It completely threw me off… what works for television isn't necessarily the thing that works in the traditional journey of music, so I adjusted my taste for television. But the truth is, I lowered my bar — my bar was quite high, if I'm being honest, and as a result I didn't have the same level of success. The bar is quite high again now, but it was damaging. I worked with Simon Cowell, who I love and have great respect for and he has great taste, but being around him for that long, I started to take on his taste, and I'm an amateur at having his taste — I'm good at my kind of taste."
Whoa!!! Nothing like calling out a show — and man — who gave you a job by saying it ruined your taste!
Sure, Reid is successful enough to not have, like, needed the help from Cowell, but damn…
Reid went on to be very candid about the show's success, or lack thereof:
"We definitely had the audience, and I can't criticize Simon because it was his show and we did well. But I think he made the statement that if we didn't do 20 million viewers it was a failure. We did 14 million, which is actually a runaway success, but because we didn't do 20 it was a failure. To be honest? The truth is: The Voice cleaned our clock."
Say what you will about L.A. Reid, at least the man is forthright and open on this topic!
Following the initial statements, L.A. clarified his opinion, saying:
"Simon Cowell and I are lifelong friends and I have immense respect for his many talents and all that he has achieved."
Gotta keep those bridges burn-free!
What do U think — did X Factor ruin your taste in music? Do you side with Reid about music shows on television?
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Tags: la reid, music minute, reality tv, x factor