Lionel Richie Admits He's Not A Fan Of Talent Shows Like 'The Voice'

Fri, April 6, 2012 5:26pm EDT by 2 Comments

Even though Lionel is a mentor on ‘The Voice’ he fears the wave of talent-discovery shows are hurting up-and-coming artists rather than helping them! Do YOU agree?

Lionel Richie, who just recently came out with the worldwide top-selling album Tuskegee, spoke candidly to HollywoodLife.com about talented up- and-coming singers competing on shows like American Idol, X Factor and The Voice. As a hugely successful and talented star in the music industry since the 60s, Lionel says you can’t really find iconic superstars through these types of shows.

“It’s not about how loud you can sing,” Lionel tells us. “Also, the shows tend to find stylists, not real singers.”

Lionel says one reason why it’s so difficult to discover talent through these shows is because the performers aren’t singing their own material.

“Can you imagine Mick Jagger or James Brown singing anyone’s material that’s not their own?” Lionel, 62,  says. ” They’re not going to sing- you light up my life!” .You don’t find superstars that way. You can’t find real artists that way.”

Lionel worries that you can “break talent that are trying to get a break”, on talent discovery shows. ” If you ever told one of  the greats , that they sucked, they couldn’t sing for a year!”

It’s incredible that despite how many years Lionel has been around, he’s still been able to reinvent himself like he just did with his new country album Tuskegee. The album took second place on the Billboard charts, according to Nielsen SoundScan, making it his most popular album since “Dancing on the Ceiling” in 1986.

Tuskegee can be purchased through HSN here and includes duets with country stars Shania Twain, Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney and more.

What do you think HollywoodLifers? Do you agree with Lionel that’s it’s impossible to find a superstar through talent-discovery shows? Vote and weigh in below.

– Bonnie Fuller

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Posted at 12:20 PM on April 23, 2012  

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Posted at 11:18 PM on April 6, 2012  

I don’t think it is impossible for superstars to be discovered on talent shows, and I doubt Richie does as well – since there are performers like Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson who got a big boost to their careers from American Idol.

But I see his point and have thought about it while watching – someone is a country singer and they have them sing a Beatles song and tell them how bad they did it. What good does it do to have (especially when it is a non-singer like Cowell or Jackson or Degeneres) someone tell a country singer they did poorly on a Beatles song? Or tell a rock singer that they can’t do Michael Jackson? etc.

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