Elton John 'Feels Sorry' For X Factor Winners
Music legend suggests contestants are 'thrown to the wolves'...
Appearing on the Graham Norton Show, Elton said the sudden fame and success talent show winners achieve is no substitute for experience.
"The type of celebrity that television shows give you these days, without the experience of playing live, means you are just thrown to the wolves," he told the chat show host.
"Getting experience by being in a band and earning very little from what you love doing gives you the backbone, mettle and experience you will need later in life."
The singer-songwriter stressed that he had nothing against the performers themselves, saying: "I don't dislike the people on these shows but feel sorry for them. They win the show, make their record and the next year it's someone else."
Elton has previously lashed out at BBC rival The Voice, claiming the show produces "nonentities".
See the full interview on The Graham Norton Show on BBC One at 10.35pm, 1 November.