Robin Thicke Slams TV Talent Shows
Former Duets mentor says it 'sucked the artistic integrity' from him...
Chart-topping pop star Robin Thickehas voiced his criticism of TV talent shows, and specifically his experience on US show Duets.
The R&B crooner, currently No 1 in the Official UK Singles Chart with Blurred Lines (ft. T.I. and Pharrell), told Metro that he'd only appeared as a mentor on the CBS show for the money - and had not enjoyed the experience.
He said: "I didn't care for it. Everyone was wonderful and it was a great environment but I found it soulless and felt it was sucking my artistic integrity from me.
"Judges Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and I sang with the contestants on each episode, which is why it was attractive to me - it gave me the opportunity to sing in front of millions of people on TV every week.
"I did it because it paid well - I'm hoping I'll be rich enough off this album so I won't have to do that again."
And Thicke went on to criticise TV talent shows in general, claiming that they breed unrealistic expectations in contestants.
"People think they'll win the show and they'll be the next Beyoncé but it doesn't work like that - Beyoncé worked on her craft for 10 years before she even put a song out.
"People who have never had the chance to be seen or heard can get on these shows and get their 15 minutes of fame. But then the show ends and it's hard to keep a career going."