Eric Church speaks against 'American Idol', 'The Voice', humiliates country stars

Eric Church speaks against 'American Idol', 'The Voice', humiliates country stars

Boston : MA : USA | May 01, 2012 at 10:46 AM PDT
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Reality singing competitions may have been widely popular, but don't consider country-rocker Eric Church as a fan. According to a report, in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Church gave insulting comments about both the contestants and the celebrity mentors of these shows.

“It has become 'American idol' gone mad,” he said.

"Honestly, if Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green turn around in a red chair, you got a deal?” the country music star asked, referring to the singers who had started their careers on NBC's "The Voice". He used the F word many times during the interview.

“That’s crazy. I don’t know what would make an artist do that. You’re not an artist,” he claimed.

In reply to a question that asked him whether he would ever accept an offer to be a judge of one of the shows, Church said, “If I was concerned about my legacy, there’s no way I would ever sit there.”

“Once your career becomes about something other than the music, then that’s what it is. I’ll never make that mistake. I don’t care if I starve,” he added.

Church went on say that the country music is too crowded by former "American Idol" contestents, among them are Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler and Scott McCreery.

Country singer and judge on "The Voice", Shelton reacted to Church’s comments, saying, “I wish I misunderstood this.”

Country artist Miranda Lambert was highly offended by the comments. She tweeted, "Thanks Eric Church for saying I am not a real artist. Or Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban. You're welcome for the tour in 2010.”

Eric Church has apologized for his comments and clarified why he said that. He said that his intentions were not bad and he did not want to insult anybody. He said in a statement on, “The comment I made to Rolling Stone was part of a larger commentary on these types of reality television shows and the perception they create, not the artists involved with the shows themselves.”

"I have a lot of respect for what artists like Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, and my friend Miranda Lambert have gone on to accomplish. This piece was never intended to tear down any individual, and I apologize to anybody I offended in trying to shed light on this issue,” Eric insisted.

He also acknowledged the support he got from people, saying, “I am grateful for all of the artists and fans that have supported me along my journey and certainly did not mean for my comments to undermine their talent and achievements.”

Michelle Lincaster is based in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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