Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody has launched a scathing attack on reality TV shows, claiming the programmes "lower our collective IQ".

After trying to ignore British show Celebrity Big Brother last month (JAN06), Lightbody admits he couldn't resist watching the televised antics of Dennis Rodman, Traci Bingham, politician George Galloway and ORDINARY BOYS frontman Samuel Preston.

The Northern Irish singer says, "It anaesthetises a whole nation and lowers our collective IQ. It is the perfect psychological weapon. And all the more devastating as it is simply unavoidable.

"I managed to resist its (Celebrity Big Brother) claws until the last few days when the malfunctioning government implant must have finally kicked in. I hate to admit it, but for a whole lot of nothing, it is strangely compelling.

"However, it is evil and needs to be stopped."