John Legend: ‘X Factor’s’ Spears and Lovato ‘aren’t really singers’

(EUR) John Legend, a judge on ABC’s forthcoming singing competition “Duets,” was asked to comment on the addition of Britney Spears and Demi Lovato to the judging panel of their rival FOX show “The X Factor.”

And the Grammy-winning musician gave an honest answer.

John Legend

“You know it’s interesting. It should be very interesting. I don’t have much to say,” he told E! News at Entertainment Weekly’s ABC Upfront party. “It’s interesting when people, you know, are judging singing competitions when they aren’t really singers.”

Needless to say, his comments struck a nerve on Twitter.  ”Read my mentions today if you want some entertainment served with a side dish of crazy and a sprinkle of racism,” he tweeted.

He followed it up with another tweet which clarified, “I’ve never heard demi’s voice btw. Wasn’t referring to her.”  He, however, didn’t say anything about Britney.

Fellow “Duets” judges Robin Thicke and Kelly Clarkson, meanwhile, were more diplomatic when asked about Spears and Lovato.
“Oh come on, everything Britney does, she excels at,” said Thicke.  He added, “Demi is a lovely young lady, and I’m sure they’ll do nothing but make the show a lot more fun to watch.”

Clarkson said, “I’m a big fan of both of them. Both of those girls are super sweet. Obviously they are both performers so…I think that show really needs it. I don’t think everybody latched onto that show like they thought they would.”

“Duets” also features Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles as a judge. Legend was added to the lineup after Lionel Richie bowed out of the show, citing schedule conflicts. It will premiere on May 24 and will follow them searching for two singers each to serve as their duet partners.
Meanwhile, the US version of “The X Factor” tapped Britney and Demi as replacements for Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul. They’ll appear alongside original judges Simon Cowell and LA Reid in its second season which will air in fall.

More in The Scene

20160723Young Royalty3

Young Royalty is one to watch

Naomi ‘Young Royalty’ Horsford is one to watch in the music industry. Her latest song, “Invasion” is receiving much airplay on radios and televisions all across Guyana.

20160723word

Brown girl beauty

I recently met up with a fellow Guyanese who is also based in Europe. To my pleasant surprise she lives about 30 minutes walking distance from me.

default placeholder

Merundoi launches Season Five

Season Five of the radio serial drama “Merundoi” commenced on Monday and is expected to run until December 31. The new season will include behaviour change messages on civic education as it seeks to improve public awareness and education and highlights key issues in local government towards building strong communities in regions across Guyana, a release said.

Conor Holder2

Conor Holder is something better

Hip Hop/R&B singer/song writer Conor Holder is no stranger to the stage, but is launching his mixtape tomorrow at the Five Star Ice cream Parlour in Victoria, East Coast Demerara where he lives.

Kiymali Pide (Turkish flat bread) (Photo by Cynthia Nelson)

Turkish Pide

Hi Everyone, For the past few months I have been on a flat bread baking-bender. Chalk it up to one of my many food phases.

Jaden Smith in Chanel

Wardrobe dictatorship

Guyana is one bizarre place filled with much hypocrisy. Sometimes it is not until you remove yourself from an environment that you begin to recognize some of the foolishness you once freely entertained.

Comments

About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Stay updated! Follow Stabroek News on Facebook or Twitter.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning: