The X-Factor isn’t for everyone. In a new interview with the Mail, British band Blur called out the show—and all singing contests, really—when asked what they thought about televised talent shows.
“Stage left with a machine gun,” guitarist Graham Coxon said. “In the past, TV talent shows provided entertainment, but they didn’t promise anybody a career. I don’t believe in the devil, but The X-Factor is the devil’s work.”
Lead singer Damon Albarn chimed in: “[Host] Simon Cowell seems to be extremely good at what he does and lives in a splendid bubble as a result of it, but it’s so far away from what I do it’s almost impossible to say that the two have any relationship whatsoever.”
Fox canceled the American version of the show last year, after 12 years on the air. Earlier this year, the show caused a stir when Natalia Kills, a judge on its New Zealand offshoot, critiqued a contestant’s performance with such vitriol, it went viral. Kills then left the show.
Blur, on the other hand, is having a major revival this year, after releasing The Magic Whip, touring North America, and appearing on U.S. television for the first time in 15 years. The band recently announced new shows in Los Angeles and New York.