Noel Gallagher has attacked X Factor and criticised one of the show's judges.

In an interview with the Radio Times, the Oasis guitarist claimed the ITV reality show had "nothing to do with music".

"If somebody is dangling this carrot of 'fame and fortune' in front of a check-out girl from Barnsley who can sing like Britney Spears then they're going to go for it," the 41-year-old said.

"But it seems to bring on instant mental illness. You're going in at the top, with a number one that sells 750,000 or whatever and you've got someone like Dannii Minogue telling you you're really talented - and if there's one person in the room who wouldn't know talent if it kicked them in the a**e it's Dannii Minogue.

Gallagher claimed that the lifespan of an X-Factor contestant is limited, telling those on the show they would end up "trying to sustain your profile by going on celebrity shows."

"Instead of instant fame and celebrity and all your ex-boyfriends and girlfriends coming out of the cupboard and your family being ripped apart, the prize ought to be, 'I'll introduce you to someone who might introduce you to someone who might, if you're very lucky, know a producer who'd record one of your songs'.

"That's the only way to make any money," he added.


14/10/2008 16:26:27