Will Young slams TV talent shows

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 23 August 2011
Will Young

Will Young

Will Young has slammed TV talent shows as ''cynical and manipulative'', and has accused programme-makers of ''hoodwinking'' the British public

Will Young has slammed TV talent shows as "cynical and manipulative".

Despite shooting to fame when he beat Gareth Gates to be crowned champion of 'Pop Idol' in 2002, the 32-year-old singer thinks programmes such as 'The X Factor' and 'Britain's Got Talent' are over-sensationalised to the extent that they are now "hoodwinking" the public.

He said: "They're much more sensational now. But I don't think the shows were ever about the music.

"Programme-makers are only ever concerned with creating great TV shows. The danger now is that they could become something more cynical and manipulative that moves into the realm of hoodwinking the public."

While he is critical of talent shows, the openly-gay 'Jealousy' hitmaker has praised 'Pop Idol' for providing a platform to improve "sexual equality" in the UK.

In an interview with Radio Times magazine, Will explained: "'Pop Idol' made people look at what their prejudices might be.

"So if they voted for this guy all along - they liked him, felt passionate about him, got caught up in the TV show - then suddenly, do they have to think, 'Oh, well I'm not gonna buy his music because he's gay?'.

"That show, rather than me, was very important for gay rights. And sexual equality. I was like a conduit for it, but it was definitely within the protective bubble of that show."

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