A survivor of the music industry at its best and worst, T-Boz has a few words for the reality competition shows that have emerged as its new gatekeepers. In a recent interview with ThisIsMax.net, the TLC frontwoman let loose on what she felt were the shortcomings of American Idol and The X-Factor.
"I don't support those shows anymore because it's not about the talent," she said. T-Boz was critical of the selection of judges in particular, saying that she wished more established vocal legends like Patti Labelle and Aretha Franklin were chosen over newer acts like Demi Lovato and Nicki Minaj.
"What have they done? Have they paved the way? Opened doors for others? Do they know this business? That's who the hell should be sittin' in them chairs," she said. "But they base it off 'How many tweets do they get?'... It's what the young people want to see as opposed to who has talent and can actually judge."
T-Boz appeared to address Minaj specifically at one point, taking issue with the Young Money star's role on American Idol.
"Now they got rappers who don't even sing judging?" she said disbelievingly. "This is all based off popularity, I guess. To each, their own. Get your money, honey. But all I'm saying is I will never watch those shows again."
Fans of Minaj and reality competition shows sharply criticized T-Boz's comments on Twitter, but the veteran singer stood by her words.
"My 1st comment was about Xfactor & some guest who can't sing judging," she wrote on Twitter. "Then my 2nd was about American Idol & I stand by my statement Over NEXT."
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