Michael Buble has said that he sympathises with reality TV pop stars who achieve fame suddenly and struggle to cope with the change.
Citing shows such as X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, the Canadian singer said the contestants have little time to deal with becoming instantly recognisable, giving them no time to adapt and prepare for their new star status.
“I feel badly for kids who get famous too young, for The X Factor contestants, because I’m not sure how they learn to handle it,” he told the Press Association.
However, he did not criticise the shows in themselves, as they can provide platforms where the music industry can discover genuine talent. Indeed, Buble has appeared on the X Factor to impart his wisdom to the contestants.
“I would think that shows like The X Factor were rubbish, except for the fact that they keep finding really great artists,” he said. “Look at that Boyle woman. What a cool, underdog story.”
Born in British Columbia to a fishing family, he spent ten years as a lounge bar singer before experiencing a gradual rise to fame, recording his first album in 2003.
He has since gone on to sell more than 35 million albums worldwide and has just released his fifth studio album, Christmas.
However, Buble told the news provider that he can still let the fame go to his head. After all, he is fifth on the Forbes list of the highest-paid musical acts in the world.
“I can still be the worst egotistical guy to deal with,” he remarked. “My wife doesn’t let me get away with it. I think you get to feel you’re entitled. You don’t hear ‘No’ very much.”
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