Eccentric singer Boy George has taken aim at Simon Cowell's TV talent show The X Factor, branding the reality series "dreadful".
The Culture Club star has previously admitted he would love to be a judge on the U.K. version of the programme, but he is convinced the show is stifling creativity within the music business.
Speaking on Bbc Tv show Secrets Of The Pop Song, he says, "You have got the audiences dictating the art form which is dreadful.
"Imagine what would have happened to David Bowie if he'd gone on The X Factor. They would have said, 'Lose the cape, honey', and 'The ginger hair isn't going to work!'
"It's all down to demographics, market research and target audiences, which isn't really what artistic things are about."