X Factor’s Sharon Osbourne says “The Voice is a gimmick” and calls contestants “toads”
Some serious shots have been fired by Sharon Osbourne at BBC One series The Voice.
The X Factor judge Sharon has slammed rival show The Voice, branding the show “a gimmick” that is full of “toads”.
She said: “The Voice is a gimmick with the twisty chairs. I love the judges and if I was asked to do it and didn’t have The X Factor, course I’d do it.
“But you cannot judge talent on voice alone because if Mick Jagger was up there nobody would turn around.”
Mrs O continued: “It’s not just about the voice. They have all these toads up there and I’m sorry half of them are backing singers.
“That’s why no stars have come from the show.”
Speaking earlier this month, Sharon insisted you have to have more than strong vocal ability to make it in the music industry. She explained: “You have to have a bit of everything. You’ve got to be able to entertain, to connect with an audience.
“You can stand up there and have the best voice in the world but if you don’t show anything, if you’re blank, it’s nothing.”
She continued: “Some people come and sing but they’re not connecting, not even looking at me. So how can I be invested in you when I don’t know who you are, I’ve no idea.
“You’re just standing there like a lump of ice? What do I take away from that?
“Yeah they can sing, but it’s like watching paint dry. You can give people the benefit of the doubt, they’re nervous, inexperienced, so you put them through but say next time you want them to connect.
“Then you see them the second time and they don’t, I’m like, ‘Nope’. I get really frustrated with it.”
The X Factor continues Saturday at 8pm on ITV.