Published On: Thu, Jun 26th, 2014

Linda Perry says ‘American Idol’ is fake, discuss feud with Pink on Larry King’s Ora.TV show

Legendary singer-songwriter Linda Perry joined Larry King on Larry King Now to discuss her Grammy awards and nominations, her process when it comes to songwriting, to set the record straight on her feud with Pink, and what its like writing hit songs for many artists like Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, Alicia Keys, Celine Dion, and Faith Hill.

Linda Perry Larry king interview photo Ora.tvLinda Perry explains her frustration with American Idol — that the show is fixed and fake and does not “find” true talent.

“My process of songwriting comes from a very real place, a place that when you watch American Idol – God bless it – it’s probably an awesome experience that these people are having – but its not a real one,” said Perry.

“Those kids that are on that show would never, would NEVER be found out by a label. A label would never go ‘I want that kid’ – you know – they’re not special enough…they’re singing cover songs, they’re not real musicians. They’re more being put out on the show because this person seems a little f*cked up so they’re gonna be good for tv, that person we know we’re gonna dump them in the second episode, and you know it’s already planned out to who the winner is.”

Her opinion on corporate sponsors also fits into her judgement of American Idol and other singing competition shows: “Is it really about music or is it about selling coca-cola? Is it about the judges and their million dollar paychecks? What are these f*cking shows actually about? Because what its not about – is about music.”

Perry gave an overview of the feud between herself and Pink.

“I got a little controlling with Alecia [Pink]…she came out with some albums after the Missundaztood album and I was like, what are you doing?…And then we had a feud…and then she – you know – didn’t want me working with other people…because she wanted to claim me…and you can’t do that with someone…But now, I love her. I’ve always loved her. I’ve always had massive respect for her. I wait for the day when she calls me again and says ‘will you work on a record with me’ – I’m waiting for that.”

The full episode airs online at www.ora.tv/larrykingnow and www.hulu.com/larry-king-now on Thursday, June 26th.

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