Dave Grohl lashes out at primetime talent shows for judging too harshly
With the ratings for American Idol and its ilk dropping like so many rocks in the past few weeks, networks are desperate to stop the bleeding. Foo Fighters leader Dave Grohl, however, has it all figured out: The shows are too judgmental. You know, the shows with the judges.
"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 f---ing musicians that hardly even play an instrument on their own f---ing albums. It makes me really mad," he tells NME. He doesn't mention any names, but all you have to do is look at the incomes of the judges on Idol, The Voice and The X Factor to know who he's talking about.
"I swear to God, if my daughter walked up onstage and sang her heart out and some f---ing billionaire looked at her and said, 'No, I'm sorry you're not any good,' I'd f---ing throttle that person, I swear to God. Who the f--- are you to say what's good or bad?"
He adds that these shows ruin music so "everyone sounds like f---ing Christina Aguilera," which should especially insult Mariah Carey and Britney Spears.
But before you think he's just an unrealistic musician or overprotective dad, he offers damning evidence supporting his case: "The next time someone says you're not a good singer say: 'F--- 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." And what would mopey suburban teenagers wanting to seem sage and worldly listen to then?