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Linda Ronstadt's Surprising Views on 'American Idol' TVWeek

You may not be as surprised as we were, but a comment by Emmy winner and 11-time Grammy winner Linda Ronstadt about "American Idol" caught us by surprise. The quote comes from the singer's upcoming appearance on "Rachael Ray," set for this Friday, Sept. 20.

Ronstadt's appearance includes a discussion of her recent revelation that she was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. But when the talk turned to "Idol," Ronstadt said: "I've never watched 'American Idol' in my whole life. When I go to heaven, I'm going to say, ‘I didn't watch "American Idol."’ They'll say, ‘Come on in.’”

Commenting on TV singing competitions in general, the singer of "You're No Good," "Blue Bayou," "When Will I Be Loved" and a string of other hits offers a broader perspective, saying: “I don't think that competition is for art, I think it's for horse races … they do, just like with pit bulls, they pit these singers against each other and they try to undermine each other and I think that's terrible; it's win at whatever price. ... To me, I think it's just a bad ... I think it's stupid.”

Asked about her Parkinson's, Ronstadt says the disease causes "a lot of just inconvenience because you can't do the things that you used to be able to do. ... I can't sing at all. Things that require a lot of coordination with your hands, like brushing your teeth or washing your hair. ... It's hard to ask other people to do things for me, because I'm used to doing stuff and I feel like a big demanding baby."

Ronstadt won an Emmy in 1989 for her "Canciones de Mi Padre" concert on PBS's "Great Performances."

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