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Marianne Faithfull Calls 'American Idol' & 'X Factor' Fake & Depressing

2/14/2011 2:30pm EST

Marianne FaithfulSixties icon Marianne Faithfull has hit out at Simon Cowell's "depressing" reality TV shows such as "American Idol" and "The X Factor" - branding them "completely false."
The former rock wild child admits she's not a fan of the genre and is convinced producers are searching for "fake personalities" to boost their ratings, rather than achieve lasting chart success.
She tells The Word magazine, "I hate, hate, hate reality TV programs like The X Factor. The people on these programs have got qualities I never had: flashy voices, incredible dance moves that look fake, fake personalities. They're completely false. That's what they want - technical ability without any soul. I find that very depressing."

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