Lionel Richie Says Singing Competitions Like The Voice Won’t Create Legends
Though Grammy-Award-winning performer Lionel Richie served as a mentor on The Voice and will be one of the judges on ABC’s upcoming music reality show Duets, he claims to dislike the talent competition genre.
According to Hollywood Life, Lionel thinks that these shows cannot produce iconic performers.
“It’s not about how loud you can sing,” Lionel said. “Also, the shows tend to find stylists, not real singers.”
This comment seems to be directed right at The Voice, where coach Blake Shelton boasts his youngest contestant, RaeLynn, is “a stylist.” In fact, many of this season’s female contestants seem to have the distinctive sounds Lionel is referring to.
The singer also said that by forcing the contestants to perform covers of songs and not their original work, the shows make it difficult to discover real talent.
“Can you imagine Mick Jagger or James Brown singing anyone’s material that’s not their own?” Lionel said. "They’re not going to sing ‘You Light Up My Life’! You don’t find superstars that way. You can’t find real artists that way.”
This seems like a strange “promotional tool” for Lionel’s upcoming music competition show Duets. On the show Lionel, along with Kelly Clarkson, Robin Thicke, and Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, will travel the country in search of the best duet partners.
It doesn’t seem like those contestants will be singing original work in your competition, Lionel.
What do you think of Lionel’s opinions on The Voice and music competitions in general? Is he right? Comment below!