Andrew Lloyd Webber blasts The Voice

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 3 July 2012
Andrew Lloyd Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber claims contestants on the first series of 'The Voice' were unable to sing and struggled with their pitch

Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber has slammed 'The Voice' contestants for being unable to sing.

The musical writer - who has previously been a judge on TV shows including 'I'd Do Anything' and 'Any Dream Will Do' - believes many of the stars on the BBC talent contest struggled with their pitch, causing him to be unable to watch.

He said: "I don't know what the problem was there. Everyone was out of tune all the time. I just couldn't watch.

"Unfortunately I have perfect pitch - it's either one of the great advantages in life or the greatest affliction. When people sing out of tune, I just can't listen."

However it is not the only show he has singled out for criticism; he also believes the 'Eurovision Song Contest', in which he previously entered alongside Jade Ewen in Moscow in 2009, is racist.

He added to the Radio Times magazine: "I don't think there's any point beating around the bush. You might have noticed one thing [this year] - I don't think there was one black face on the programme.

"At the press conference in Moscow, I was asked, 'Why have you brought a black artist?' I said, 'Because she is the most talented artist that we had and I think she's a major, major star.' I think we would have come second but there's a problem when you go further east.

"If your talking about Western Europe - Germany, fine; France, fine; Spain, fine; Greece, fine; Scandinavian countries, fine. But Ukraine? Not so good."

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