Sharon Osbourne: X Factor winners are one-hit wonders

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 9 September 2017
Sharon Osbourne

Sharon Osbourne

Sharon Osbourne has slammed 'X Factor' winners for being one-hit wonders

Sharon Osbourne has slammed 'X Factor' winners for being one-hit wonders.

The 64-year-old television personality is currently on the judging panel for the ITV singing competition, but that doesn't mean she necessarily believes in the show as she claims those who win the programme find their music careers "dead and gone" almost as soon as they have started.

She said: "They'll do a single or an album, people will buy it and then they won't buy another one, so it is dead and gone."

And Sharon thinks the draw of the show is more about viewers "getting invested in people", rather than about the music.

She added: "It is about people getting invested in people. They get invested in a couple of these contestants and they will see it through. There is another one and another one, it is sort of like candy."

It isn't just 'X Factor' that Sharon took aim at either, as she also slammed fellow singing competition 'The Voice', which was snapped up by ITV last year after being dropped by the BBC.

She told US radio station SiriusXM: "I don't think there has ever been a hit worldwide that has ever been on that show. Because that show is about the panel. They say it is about the contestants, but really it's not."

Her comments come after she recently claimed she wouldn't say mean things to vulnerable contestants on the show, as she fears it could send them "over the edge".

She said: "I met this 28-year-old girl in the treatment centre who had auditioned for the first season of 'American Idol'.

"She was overweight and a really bad singer and they used her little audition to promote the show.

"People were laughing. And then they used the clip over and over and it affected this girl so deeply that it basically changed the course of her life. She was used and it sent her over the edge...

"I never mentioned her to anyone, but it really made me think about the effect these shows can have on people. I honestly don't want to be mean to anyone who isn't strong enough to take it."

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