Jake Bugg calls US TV talent show American Idol 'cruel'

03/03/14

Jake Bugg on stage

Lightning Bolt singer Jake Bugg says American Idol is a "dream smasher" after performing on the programme.

The 20-year-old has criticised TV talent shows in the past but says he was personally asked to perform by one of the judges.

"It was quite sad," he says. "We ended up doing the show because one of the judges, Keith Urban, wanted us.

"[But] it's cruel. It's like, 'Thanks for coming on but you'll never get a contract.' It's the dream smasher."

While Bugg says he is aware of the impact of performing on a programme like American Idol, which gets about 15 million viewers, it hasn't changed his opinion of the TV talent show.

"We went on just before they said to this contestant, 'Yeah you're not through' and she was really heartbroken.

"For my sins, as I talked about those shows so much, I thought it might be an idea to actually go and experience it," he explains.

"I thought we might as well. We play music, it's something a bit different for the kids on those shows.

"And some of those kids might only have one television in their house and their big sister might be in control of the remote."

He says he is still not a fan of the Brits either, declaring last year's show boring and says he didn't change his mind this year either.

"It's really boring, it's so boring," he says.

"I don't mind losing out to David Bowie but how can you have a category with him in it and four people that have made one or two albums?" he asks.

Jake Bugg playing at Glastonbury Festival

"I say don't put him in that category. Give him a lifetime achievement or whatever.

The hard work he is putting in in North America is paying off with his second record, Shangri-La, making it in to the top 50 of the Billboard 200 album chart.

"I'm not a teenager any more," he says. "It weren't great to be honest, I had breakfast in LA and that was about it.

"It was raining as well which was the sad part, it's not supposed to rain in LA."

There is still no love lost between Jake Bugg and One Direction either.

"To make up an award just so One Direction win it and turn up is a bit wrong but that's it, it's show business," he says.

The 20-year-old returned to the UK to perform at the 6 Music festival this weekend at the Victoria Warehouse in Salford.

Haim, Bombay Bicycle Club, James Blake and Damon Albarn were all on the line-up.

Watch all the performances from the festival at the 6 Music website.

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