Sharon Corr has joined the debate about tv talent shows in no uncertain terms, describing X Factor as “appalling.”
The Dundalk native, one quarter of the famous group The Corrs, has hit out at Simon Cowell’s worldwide smash hit show, claiming that it puts false ideas of stardom into young people’s heads.
“On X Factor, you’d almost think that these judges could put these bands together,” she said, “and somehow they have this amazing foresight and they know how to make people superstars.”
“They don’t. Superstars are born. They work at it. They work at their job. They make music. They sing brilliantly. They play brilliantly. You don’t make that.”
Sharon herself was a judge on The Voice of Ireland for two years, before leaving in 2013, and claims that she only agreed to do it because it was so different to X Factor. “I think reality shows are dying out. The reason I did The Voice was because I rated it. I felt like it was the antidote to The X Factor which I think is appalling.”
The Corrs recently announced that they are re-forming, having gone their separate ways in 2006, planning to play together this September in London’s Hyde Park, and release their first studio album in 10 years soon after.
Having been playing with The Corrs since 1991, Sharon is well placed to advise people on how to make it in the business, and she insists that, contrary to what X Factor might lead you to believe, there are no short cuts.
“There are very simple rules: – you have to get your stage legs; you have to play all the dirty clubs; you have to come up from the ground and you also have to deliver something that’s uniquely you.