Pop superstar Sting has blasted the Simon Cowell show "X Factor," which is a big hit in the U.K. The show is somewhat similar to "American Idol," though groups can also compete.
Sting called the show "preposterous" and "appalling," according to Reuters’ Fan Fare.
Furthermore, Sting said "I am sorry but none of those kids are going to go anywhere, and I say that sadly,” he said of the contestants. “They are humiliated when they get sent off. How appalling for a young person to feel that rejection. It is a soap opera which has nothing to do with music. In fact, it has put music back decades. Television is very cynical."
Fan Fare said Sting made his remarks in an interview in the U.K. publication Evening Standard. An American version of the show is reportedly in the works.